Kidney Transplant Cost in India
The cost of kidney transplant in India starts from USD 13000, including pre-transplant evaluation, surgery and other expenses, which is comparatively lower than the cost for surgery in many other countries. Indian hospitals are renowned for providing the most economical, yet high-quality, range of healthcare packages to patients seeking treatment from abroad. A patient from the USA, UK or other European countries can save a significant amount of money if they choose to travel to India for their treatment.
The overall cost of kidney transplant surgery in India may vary for different hospitals based on a number of factors. Although, the evaluation cost and basic surgical cost remain almost similar for most patients, there are some cost defining parameters that can fluctuate the price of health package:
Choice of hospital: Particularly, its location and accreditations. The kidney transplant hospitals in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and the major cities of India are well-connected to the airports and have excellent transport facilities. Many of these hospitals have accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI), one of the world’s most trusted quality benchmark for healthcare centres. The cost of surgery might be more at such hospitals, but with standard of patient services are competitive to the best centres of the world.
Type of transplant/donor: This is also an important consideration as the cost for donor evaluation and surgery will also add up in case of an unrelated donor for kidney transplant. The ABO Incompatible Kidney Transplant is advanced type for transplantation procedure that can be done without a blood type match. However, with this type of transplant, first the antibodies in the patient’ body against the donor blood group has to be removed using techniques such as plasmapheresis or immunoadsorbtion. Therefore, this type of transplant may cost more in comparison to transplant done for the same blood group recipient and donor.
Surgeon’s experience: Another critical cost impacting factor is the qualifications and experience of the surgeon. The best kidney transplant surgeons in India have completed their medical education and training from the top national and international institutions. They are highly sought after for their expertise and knowledge in this field.
Length of hospital stay: Transplant recipients have to stay in the hospital for a few days for proper recovery and healing. This time allows the medical team to keep a keen eye on the patient for symptoms of rejection or other complications. A patient may have to stay in the hospital longer depending on speed of recovery and whether there are any complications or not.
Room category: There are various types of rooms, including single, twin-sharing, triple sharing, and deluxe at different hospitals. So, the cost varies for different room categories.
Additional test and medications: If required, these will add-on to the total cost of package. Generally, the donor and recipient undergo a series of tests, which could take 7-15 days (depending on the condition and what is found during evaluation), prior to transplantation.
Other factors: Choice of accommodation and length of stay in India (depending on patient’s recovery), extra travel plans, food and other miscellaneous expenses also contribute in the total cost.
The cost package breakdown and inclusions:
|Kidney Transplant Package||Approximate Cost in India|
|Pre-transplant evaluation of recipient and donor||USD 2000 – USD 3000 |
|Kidney Transplant Surgery||USD 10000|
|Misc. Amount||Approximately USD 600|
|The approximate cost would be||90-100 USD per session (on Day Care Basis)|
Total Package cost USD 13000 – onwards
The package compositions may vary for different hospitals, but usually have:
Inclusions of the package:
- Total 10 days stay for recipient (Single Bedded Room)
- 5 days for donor (Twin Sharing room)
- One day pre operative & nine days post-operative.
For both Donor & Recipient
- Post-operative lab tests
- Post-operative testing and Imaging radiology service
- OT/Ward consumables, Machine and OT Charges
- Blood Transfusion services
- Surgeon’s fee
- Anesthesia Service
- Stent removal
- Graft biopsy
- Diabetology review & consultation
- Stay over 10 days will be charged additionally for recipient and 5 days for donor
- HLA typing & cross match
- Additional or special medications
- Corrective surgery other than transplant, if any
- Invasive cardiac imaging tests or procedure for heart disease, if any required post operatively
NOTE: The cost may differ on the basis of the choices of services and room category opted by the patient.