A question came up during one of our trainings: What is the number of liver transplants in the U.S. and what is the average cost?
According to the Milliman Research Report from 2008 (the latest year information is available):
Ir was estimated that there were 6,550 liver transplants performed in the U.S. at an average cost of $523,400 per transplant (including 30 day pre-transplant, transplant operation and 180 days post-transplant). Additionally people will have to remain on many medications for life including medications to prevent the body from rejecting the new organ. Patient survival rates were 86% at one year, 78% at three years, and 72% after 5 years. Pretty good overall survival, but of course the goal for all of us is to prevent people from getting to this stage.
The type of transplant is also interesting with 6362 from deceased donors and 268 from live liver donors – the number of live liver donors actually dropped from 323 in 2005 to 268 in 2006.