Organ donation saves lives and restores health. A kidney transplant is not a cure, but represents the best possible improvement to health and quality of life for many people living with kidney failure. The only other life-sustaining treatment option is dialysis to artificially clean the blood.
The need for organs for transplantation is far greater than the available supply. In 2013, 4500 Canadians were on a waiting list for a transplant. Of those, nearly 80% were waiting for a kidney. Waiting times vary from a few months to several years, depending on a variety of factors.
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is working with healthcare, industry and government representatives to improve organ donation rates. The Foundation encourages Canadians to make a positive decision regarding organ donation and to discuss their wishes with their family.
Ontario Reimbursement Programs
Transplant Patient Expense Reimbursement Program (TPER)
The Transplant Patient Expense Reimbursement (TPER) program, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, was created to relieve some of the financial burden faced by patients waiting for heart, heart-lung, or lung transplant who are required to relocate near the transplant hospital for the purposes of transplantation.
TPER Backgrounder - Trillium Gift of Life Network.
Program for Reimbursing Expenses of Living Organ Donors (PRELOD)
In an effort to minimize the potential financial burdens associated with the living donation process, the Government of Ontario established the Program for Reimbursing Expenses of Living Organ Donors (PRELOD). PRELOD reimburses eligible reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for costs incurred by potential and actual donors for travel, parking, meals, accommodation and loss of income. Potential and actual Living Organ Donors may now apply to PRELOD for reimbursement of eligible expenses.
PRELOD Brochure - Trillium Gift of Life Network
Frequently Asked Questions - Trillium Gift of Life Network
Talking to Your Friends and Family about Living Donation