Approximately 50,000 blood and marrow transplants are performed worldwide each year to treat children and adults with over 70 illnesses.* The emotional aspects of a transplant can be overwhelming (understatement of the century) and the financial burden can be devastating as many patients find their insurance does not cover all of the costs related to a bone marrow transplant.
For financial assistance as a result of needing a bone marrow transplant, check out these programs below:
- The Bone Marrow Foundation has created a Patient Aid Program that provides financial assistance for donor searches, compatibility testing, bone marrow or stem cell collection, cord blood banking, medications, medical equipment, home and child care services, housing, transportation and other patient needs.
- The Bone Marrow Foundation also offers One-to-One Funds as a resource that patients can use to raise money to cover the cost of their care. Funds are created for specific patients. Community, family and friends can donate money for that patient’s transplant expenses. The Bone Marrow Foundation administers these funds directly to the patient (minus a 5% fee to administer the fund).
If you are interested in setting up a One-to-One Fund for a transplant patient, please review their guidelines and complete this application form. A social worker will contact you to discuss your (or the patient’s) needs and the next steps in the One-to-One Funds process.
- If you are pursuing a transplant through Be The Match, you may be eligible for their financial aid programs. Funds from these programs can help pay for the cost of a donor search as well as some post-transplant expenses. Ask your health-care provide or transplant specialist if you qualify. For additional questions, call Be The Match Patient Services directly at 1 (888) 999-6743.
(* Source: BoneMarrow.org)