OPTN/SRTR 2015 Annual Data Report: Economics

Am J Transplant. 2017 Jan;17 Suppl 1:425-502. doi: 10.1111/ajt.14130.


While the costs to Medicare of solid organ transplants are varied and considerable, the total Medicare expenditure of $4.4 billion for solid organ transplant recipients in 2014 remained less than 1% of all Medicare expenditures. For patients covered by Medicare, the ratio of pre- to posttransplant cost of care varied widely by organ and within some organ categories by patient characteristics. This chapter reports pretransplant costs for all solid organ candidates covered by Medicare to allow investigators to further explore the relative cost of transplant compared with alternative management.

Keywords: Cost-benefit analysis; Medicare; costs and cost analysis; health expenditures.

MeSH terms

  • Annual Reports as Topic*
  • Graft Survival*
  • Humans
  • Organ Transplantation / economics*
  • Resource Allocation / economics*
  • Tissue Donors / supply & distribution*
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement / economics*
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement / methods
  • United States
  • Waiting Lists