Foreigners, desperate and able to pay for transplants, find hope in U.S.

TribliveTrib Live | September 13 2014
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More than 200 international patients receive organ transplants in the United States every year, paying top dollar for access to the nation's limited supply of organs.

Foreign patients compete for organs from deceased donors that would go to the 123,000 citizens awaiting transplants, roughly 6,300 of whom die each year waiting for suitable matches.

Transplant centers, such as UPMC in Pittsburgh, bill payors as much as $1.2 million apiece for surgeries and follow-up care. Kidney transplants cost the least, averaging $263,000, Seattle-based consulting firm Milliman found. International patients typically pay more to transplant centers than U.S. payors and insurers, experts said...


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