The Organ Transplant Process from Beginning to End

Did you know that every ten minutes, someone signs up to save a life?

This is how often someone is added to an organ donor waiting list. It is a great way for those in need to get the support they require, but many people do not know exactly how the organ transplant process works.

Transplants can be financially stressful, we can help with our comprehensive organ transplant cost containment plan. If you would like to understand how all of this works, come check out our comprehensive guide!

The Organ Transplant List

For those who need an organ transplant, it all starts with getting a referral from their physician. Next, they gather information (including physician recommendations) and choose a transplant center.

They must then get an evaluation from the transplant hospital. Once the patient is deemed a suitable candidate, they are placed on the national waiting list.


The organ transplant process can be very expensive. This is because the candidate is responsible for financing many different steps along the way.

The costs include things like hospital stays, surgeon’s fees, transportation, testing, and rehabilitation. These costs add up, which is why it is important to put together a financial plan.

The first step is for the candidate to verify what their insurance company will and will not cover. The candidate is responsible for paying the difference, so it’s important to know what the exact amounts are.

It’s possible that either Medicare or Medicaid may help the candidate. These questions and questions about overall financing should be addressed towards the financial coordinator of the transplant hospital. Want to know more about reduced organ transplant costs? We have an organ transplant cost containment plan, contact us to learn more.

Matching Organs

The next step is to match the organ candidate with a corresponding organ donor. In many ways, this is the most complex step when it comes to organ donations.

It is the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network that matches donors and candidates. They make these matches using certain criteria, such as matching the blood type of the individuals.

However, other factors are harder to quantify, including the overall severity of the candidate’s illness. And each possible organ has a different donation policy, so it’s important for candidates and donors alike to understand the policies surrounding that organ.

Post-Transplant Care

Many organ candidates think they are “home free” after they receive the new organ. However, post-transplant care is a very important part of living a healthy and productive life.

The candidate’s physician will want to conduct follow-up appointments and tests for several years after the procedure is complete. And the candidate often plays an active role in this, as they are expected to help monitor the new organ as well as their overall health.

It’s recommended that the candidate continue speaking with their original transplant team. They can help answer important questions quickly and provide a much-needed peace of mind.

The Bottom Line

Now you know every step of the organ transplant process. However, if you want to take part in the process, you’ll need someone who can help you each step of the way while saving time and money.

Specialty Care Management specializes in reducing the cost of your company’s healthcare. We even have an organ transplant cost containment plan. To see how we can help with the administration and management of transplant patient cases, reach out and contact us today!