Heart Transplant: A Costly Procedure

by Jodee on June 4, 2009

For someone who has a diseased or damaged heart and an otherwise healthy body, having a heart transplant can save their life. Once the procedure has been completed, the patient will need to take antibiotics and anti-rejection drugs, but his or her quality of life will be greatly improved.

One reason why more of these procedures are not performed is the staggering costs involved in performing the procedure, which is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Not everyone who could benefit from a heart transplant has insurance coverage to pay for the cost of the procedure.

Another issue surrounding heart transplants is the lack of available organs for transplant. It’s important that people talk about their wishes on the issue of organ donation with their family and to sign an organ donor card if this is something they want to do.

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