Organ Donation

Organ Donation

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 2017, 4333 Canadians were on a waiting list for a transplant. Of those, 78% 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., a reference for Living Kidney Donors

Developed by the Quebec Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, was created to facilitate the kidney donation process. This informative site helps potential kidney donors make an informed decision. The visually appealing, user-friendly site is written in plain language to make it easy for anyone to understand.

Economic study on the direct and indirect benefits of kidney transplantation

According to estimates, dialysis treatments cost the healthcare system approximately $60,000 a year per patient, compared with $23,000 for a kidney transplant, to which a further $6,000 a year must be added for anti-rejection drugs. Over a five-year period, the total cost of a kidney transplant is around $250,000 less per patient than dialysis. Beyond these figures, one also needs to take into account the improved quality of life enjoyed by transplant recipients, who can lead active lives and return to the labour market.

“From an economic standpoint, it’s obvious that kidney transplantation lessens the financial burden on our healthcare system. We should also remember that the strictly monetary costs associated with dialysis—those related to transportation, medication and loss of revenue - exact a heavy social toll as well: kidney patients have to undergo dialysis treatments three times a week just to survive and are often forced to withdraw from the workforce,” Dr. Yves Rabeau, professor of economics at UQAM.

The need to minimize the social and economic impacts of kidney failure in Quebec is urgent. The number of people suffering from the condition is on the rise, due mainly to the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure, which are precursors to kidney disease.

“We would like to see an increase in the number of kidney transplants. In fact, this particular avenue needs to be given priority within our healthcare system. It’s the solution that offers patients the greatest chance at a normal quality of life, not to mention the most economical option for society,” Dr. Michel R. Pâquet, chairman of The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Organ and Tissue Donation Committee.

Download the economic study on the direct and indirect benefits of kidney transplantation

The Kidney Foundation tables its report with the Quebec Ministry of Health

At a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Health on June 21, 2013, The Kidney Foundation of Canada tabled its report entitled “The Why and How of Fostering Kidney Transplants in Quebec.” which includes a series of 6 recommendations. The Kidney Foundation has been advocating for a number of years in favour of increasing the number of transplants. The Foundation is working to increase the number of kidney transplants performed each year, from both deceased and living donors, to 350 within the next three years.
For more information on the report tabled with the Ministry of Health, please read the following documents :
Summary of the report “The Why and How of Fostering Kidney Transplants in Quebec.”
Full version of the report (French version only)
Letter of Support from Société québécoise de transplantation (French version only)
Letter of Support from Société québécoise de néphrologie (French version only)
Letter of Support from l'Association Générale des Insuffisants rénaux (AGIR) (French version only)
Letter of Support from Société Pose un geste (French version only)



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