Among OPOs, wide variations in kidney procurement costs

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The average cost of procuring a deceased-donor kidney is $36,000, but the cost varies substantially between different organ procurement organizations (OPOs), concludes a study in the American Journal of Transplantation.

The researchers analyzed annual cost reports from 51 of 58 OPOs in the United States from 2013 to 2017. Data analysis focused on variations in kidney procurement costs, including differences in costs by OPO size, based on annual number of kidneys procured. The analysis also considered costs associated with acquisition of viable (transplanted) versus nonviable (discarded) kidneys and other OPO outcomes.

Over the 5-year period studied, the average