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Blue Distinction Centers Transplants: Facts

Sources of Financial and Patient Advocacy Assistance

(Source: United Network for Organ Sharing)

  • The number one myth about transplantation, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is that wealthy people and celebrities are more likely to receive transplants than "regular" people.

"The organ allocation and distribution system is blind to wealth or social status. The length of time it takes to receive a transplant is governed by many factors, including blood type, length of time on the waiting list, severity of illness and other medical criteria." According to UNOS, "Factors such as race, gender, age, income or celebrity status are never considered when determining who receives and organ."

  • More than 100,000 men, women and children currently await life-saving transplants.
  • Every 12 minutes another name is added to the national transplant waiting list.
  • An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.

Financial Assistance
The following organizations may be able to provide financial assistance for transplant patients. This is a sample listing and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive list or an endorsement.

Air Care Alliance
American Kidney Fund
American Liver Foundation
American Organ Transplant Association
National Insurance Consumer Hotline
National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives
National Transplant Assistance Fund
Nielsen Organ Transplant Foundation
National Foundation for Transplants

Patient Education and Advocacy: Directory
The following organizations may be able to provide patient education and patient advocacy services. This is a sample listing and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive list or an endorsement.

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
American Association of Kidney Patients
American Center for Transplant Resources - Phone #: 1-800-443-8633
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Liver Foundation
American Medical Association
American Organ Transplant Association
American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics
American Society of Minority Health and Transplant Professionals
American Society of Nephrology
American Society of Transplant Physicians
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
American Thoracic Society
American Urological Association
Association of Organ Procurement Organizations
Coalition on Donation
Hepatitis Foundation International
Insulin-Free World Foundation
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT)
International Transplant Nurses Society
Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International
The Kidney Transplant Patient Partnering Program
(An educational service of Roche Laboratories Inc.)
National Kidney Foundation
National Minority Organ and Tissue
Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP)
National Organization for Rare Disorders
National Transplant Assistance Fund
North American Society for Dialysis and Transplantation
North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO)
Second Wind Lung Transplant Association, Inc.
Transplant Recipients International Organization, Inc. (TRIO)

Disclaimer: Neither the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor the Blue Distinction Centers for Transplants (BDCT) Program recommends, advocates, requires, encourages or discourages any specific medical care, service, transplant or course of treatment or the payment or non-payment of any such medical care, service, transplant or course of treatment. Neither the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor the BDCT Program guarantees any level of care quality by any provider or at any institution participating in the BDCT Program or that a member has any coverage or is entitled to any benefits for a proposed transplant or other medical care.