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    Re-Evaluation for Kidney Transplant

    When you get close to being called in for a transplant, we will contact you to schedule a re-evaluation appointment. At this appointment, a nurse practitioner or transplant doctor will check your medical status and draw lab work. You will also meet with our kidney transplant social worker. We want to ensure nothing will prevent you from receiving a transplant when called to the hospital.

    Maintaining Insurance Coverage

    Insurance is a very important part of your transplant – not only for the surgery itself, but also for the medications that will keep your transplant functioning. Transplant medications can cost as much as $5000 per month, so insurance coverage is an essential part of your transplant planning.

    Patients are responsible for maintaining their insurance coverage both before and after transplant. Be sure to respond to any letters or requests for information you receive from your insurance company. Investigate your out-of-pocket costs and be aware that prescription coverage is your lifeline to medications. Understand and ask questions about your Medicare benefits. Remember that many working-age patients will qualify for Medicare for only 3 years post-transplant.

    California Pacific Medical Center's Kidney Team encourages you to start making education/vocation plans as soon as possible. If you have questions or concerns about your insurance coverage, don’t wait until you are out of medications or have lost coverage; contact your transplant center immediately. We understand how difficult this situation can be and we will do everything we can to assist you and direct you to resources. We have resources for vocational rehabilitation, and some patients may be able to qualify for medication assistance programs sponsored by drug companies.

    About California Pacific Medical Center

    California Pacific Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health network, offers kidney, pancreas, liver and heart transplantation as part of our Barry S. Levin, MD Department of Transplant.

    Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Program
    California Pacific Medical Center
    2340 Clay Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    Tel. 415-600-1070

    Outreach locations available throughout Northern California and in Reno.