Income of living kidney donors and the income difference between living kidney donors and their recipients in the United States

Research by: J.S. Gill, J. Gill, L. Barnieh, J. Dong, C. Rose, O. Johnston, M. Tonelli, and S. Klarenbach

Journal: American Journal of Transplantation

Disincentives for living kidney donation are common but poorly understood. We studied 54,483 living donor kidney transplants in the United States between 2000 and 2009. We determined the income and income difference of donors and recipients. We conclude that most donors and recipients have similar modest incomes, suggesting that the costs of donation are a significant burden in the majority of living donor transplants.

Income of Living Kidney Donors and the Income Difference Between Donors and Recipients in the U.S. (PDF)