"We just received the bill for Bryan's kidney transplant last summer. As an economist, I thought you might be interested in these numbers. I imagine you have asked your students how much a kidney is worth. Well, according to Rhode Island Hospital, $44,895.90! Of course they call it "organ acquisition," since we can't legally buy it. Here is the breakdown of the bill:
That is of course just the hospital bill, the docs are paid separately.
Katie further writes
NEPKE doesn't charge an organ acquisition fee at the moment, so I assume that line has to do with the evaluation of the donor, cost of the nephrectomy, and subsequent care.
At the moment, the financing of kidney exchange is still in flux.