You must be in good overall physical and mental health, and at least 18 years old. You may be related to the recipient but that is not necessary.
All of the evaluation and hospitalization costs are paid for by the program. The recipient’s insurance covers these medical expenses after he has received the transplant.
Costs that you should consider when donating include lost wages, transportation, lodging and childcare. If you qualify, there are resources available to provide financial help for travel, lodging, meals and other non-medical expenses. You will receive information from the National Living Donor Assistance Center, which helps make donation more affordable.
If you are interested in being a living kidney donor, complete our confidential health history form.