British Columbia & Yukon Financial Assistance
The Kidney Foundation recognizes that many of the expenses associated with kidney disease are borne directly by patients and their families. This program is not intended to be a substitute for any federal or provincial assistance programs, but rather to provide short term, emergency financial assistance when all other options have been exhausted. Applications are made through renal social workers at community units, hospital renal programs or kidney care clinics. The applicant must meet eligibility requirements.
The BC & Yukon Branch provides interest-free loans up to $1,000.00 which must be repaid. These loans are intended to cover "reimbursable costs" for dialysis treatments while traveling outside of Canada and for which the individual is eligible for reimbursement from the provincial Ministry of Health.
Applications are made through the patient's renal social worker. If approved, the applicant must sign a promissory note and provide a post-dated cheque for repayment of the loan.
The Kidney foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch offers 7 "Kidney Suites" for patients who need to travel to Vancouver in order to undergo kidney transplant surgery. For more information, please visit our Kidney Suites Page
LODERP (Living Organ Donor Expense Reimbursement Program)
LODERP provides financial reimbursement of eligible expenses to living kidney and liver donors. To qualify for reimbursement, the recipient of the kidney or portion of liver must be a resident of British Columbia and registered with the Medical Services Plan (MSP) of BC; the donor may live anywhere. At this time, eligible expenses include travel, parking and some accommodation for the assessment phase; travel, accommodations, meals and parking for the surgery phase, and loss of income during the recovery phase (loss of income reimbursement is available for Canadian donors only). There are strict criteria and reimbursement limits for each category of expense. All potential living donors will be provided with the LODERP information by their transplant social worker and/or coordinator during their assessment as living organ donors. For more information about LODERP, please call Heather Johnson at 1 800 567 8112 or (604) 736-9775 ext 227 or visit the LODERP page to download the appropriate documentation.
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. However, please note that these programs vary depending on local community needs and resources. Other programs may include:
- bursary programs, for kidney patients 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 what is available in your region and 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.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada acknowledges the support of the many donors that make the short-term financial assistance program possible, and in particular Domino’s Pizza and Green Shield Canada.