Living kidney donation requires a time commitment. This can impact on your financial situation. You may need time away from work to attend the various tests and appointments for the evaluation process. The living donor is usually advised to stay off work for a period of four to six weeks after the surgery to allow for healing. There may also be expenses related to travel, accommodations, and childcare.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario has a program to reduce the cost of living kidney donation. The program, called PRELOD (Program for Reimbursing Expenses for Living Organ Donors) provides up to $5,500 to cover expenses for people who donate a kidney to an Ontario resident who is covered by OHIP. Reimbursement is subject to the PRELOD policy. How much you are reimbursed depends on how far you live from the transplant hospital, and whether you have other sources of funding like employment insurance, Northern Health Travel Grant, or disability insurance. To learn more about PRELOD or to download an application package, visit the Trillium Gift of Life Network website at www.giftoflife.on.ca. You can also ask a transplant social worker or the transplant coordinator for more information.