Kidney Shortage Crisis
There are over 100,000 people on the national kidney waitlist who are awaiting a life-saving kidney transplant. Some people can wait up to 10 years while others as short as a few years depending on blood type, the health of the patient and organ availability. Over 3000 patients are added to the waitlist each month while only 16,000 people each year receive a transplant. Sadly, many people die while waiting for a kidney transplant.
Right now, the most common form of donation comes from a deceased donor. In 2018, there were 10,722 deceased kidney donor transplants. Many Americans register at their local DMV or online to become a donor. However; the reality is people typically do not die in a way that allows their kidneys to be viable enough to be donated to a person in need.
On the flip side, there are simply not enough people who are willing to become a living kidney donor. One of the biggest setbacks is awareness. In addition to the facts that surround living kidney donation, there are many incentives available to the donor that people are not aware of. These can include lost wage reimbursement, life, and disability insurance and travel and lodging reimbursement.