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I am 71, I am retired, I have little savings, and I have a

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I am 71, I am retired, I have little savings, and I have a chance for a kidney. How much will the medicine cost me? My first year and the rest of my life. My insurance says that it will cost me 20% (although I am not certain they really know). Generally, what should I aim for in my budget. I am on dialysis and I am fine (4 years). I do not want to go broke if I get a transplant.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Organ Transplantation
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 5 years ago.
The medicine will be very expensive. I would estimate that if you pay 20%, I would guess about 100-200 dollars per month on medicine.

however, if you can get a kidney, I would do it.

Dialysis will let you live a lot less than a transplant.
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