OPTN/SRTR 2013 Annual Data Report: Economics

M. A. Schnitzler, M. A. Skeans, D. A. Axelrod, K. L. Lentine, J. E. Tuttle-Newhall, J. J. Snyder, A. K. Israni, B. L. Kasiske

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While the costs to Medicare of solid organ transplant are varied and considerable, the total Medicare expenditure of $4.4 billion for solid organ transplant recipients was less than 1 remains one of the most cost-effective surgical interventions in medicine. Heart transplant, the most expensive of the major transplants, is likely cost-effective; SRTR has released an Excel-based tool for investigators to use in exploring this question further. It is likely that most solid organ transplants are cost-effective, given the results presented here and the relatively high cost of heart transplant. However, this must be verified with further study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
StatePublished - 2015


  • Costs and cost analysis
  • Medicare
  • cost-benefit analysis
  • health expenditures

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    Schnitzler, M. A., Skeans, M. A., Axelrod, D. A., Lentine, K. L., Tuttle-Newhall, J. E., Snyder, J. J., Israni, A. K., & Kasiske, B. L. (2015). OPTN/SRTR 2013 Annual Data Report: Economics. American Journal of Transplantation, 15, 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajt.13201