Short-term financial assistance
Short term and emergency financial assistance may be available to residents of Canada to cover medical and other expenses associated with kidney disease and its treatment. This assistance is provided only when all other sources of funding have been exhausted.
The Kidney Foundation may also offer financial assistance through other programs, depending on local community needs and resources. Other programs may include:
- bursary programs, for kidney patients and immediate dependent family members who wish to further their education and/or training
- travel loan programs, to assist hemodialysis patients with upfront costs of out-of-country dialysis treatments
- compassionate loans, to cover expenses that the regular Financial Assistance Program will not cover
To find out if you are eligible, speak to your social worker at the unit or hospital where you are receiving treatment, or contact the Kidney Foundation branch office near you.
In 2006 the Foundation marked a major achievement with the launch of the Living Organ Donor Expense Reimbursement (LODER) Program. This program, to reimburse living donors for accommodation, travel, loss of income, and other out-of-pocket expenses related to their gift of life, was jointly developed by our BC Branch and the BC Transplant Society.
Since then, LODER has served as a model for similar programs across the country and now all provinces offer living organ donor expense reimbursement programs. Other programs offering financial assistance to organ donors exist in some provinces, such as the TPER and PRELOD programs in Ontario. These programs are not administered by the Kidney Foundation but it is possible to obtain more information through your local Kidney Foundation branch office.