Solving the kidney donor shortage is related to a number of other issues in the United States and around the world.
These issues span economics, equal access, and public health to name a few examples:
- Economic: It costs billions of dollars to care for patients who are suffering from End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and there is a large per-person cost to treat patients who rely on dialysis. Solving the organ donor shortage would result in huge cost-savings for the nation and better quality of life for patients.
- Equal Access: Research has shown there are racial/ethnic disparities in the receipt of kidney transplants. Educating more patients about transplant as a treatment option can address this disparity for minority and underserved populations.
- Public Health: ESRD can affect a person’s health in multiple ways and is often related to other major health problems, including obesity and diabetes.