Experiences obtaining insurance after live kidney donation

B. J. Boyarsky, A. B. Massie, J. L. Alejo, K. J. Van Arendonk, S. Wildonger, J. M. Garonzik-Wang, R. A. Montgomery, N. A. Deshpande, A. D. Muzaale, D. L. Segev

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Abstract

The impact of kidney donation on the ability to change or initiate health or life insurance following donation is unknown. To quantify this risk, we surveyed 1046 individuals who donated a kidney at our center between 1970 and 2011. Participants were asked whether they changed or initiated health or life insurance after donation, and if they had any difficulty doing so. Among 395 donors who changed or initiated health insurance after donation, 27 (7%) reported difficulty; among those who reported difficulty, 15 were denied altogether, 12 were charged a higher premium and 8 were told they had a preexisting condition because they were kidney donors. Among 186 donors who changed or initiated life insurance after donation, 46 (25%) reported difficulty; among those who reported difficulty, 23 were denied altogether, 27 were charged a higher premium and 17 were told they had a preexisting condition because they were kidney donors. In this single-center study, a high proportion of kidney donors reported difficulty changing or initiating insurance, particularly life insurance. These practices by insurers create unnecessary burden and stress for those choosing to donate and could negatively impact the likelihood of live kidney donation among those considering donation. In this single-center retrospective study, the authors find that among donors who attempted to obtain insurance after donation, 7% reported difficulties obtaining health insurance and 25% reported difficulties obtaining life insurance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2168-2172
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Volume14
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • Health services and outcomes research
  • insurance
  • kidney transplantation/nephrology
  • kidney transplantation: living donor
  • law/legislation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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