Will The Artificial Implantable Kidney Be Covered By CKD/Dialysis Patient Insurance?



KidneyBuzz.com has received over 80,000 questions of interest about the Artificial Implantable Kidney. In many ways, the Artificial Implantable Kidney is a major breakthrough that has captivated the attention of many patients and loved ones alike within the Chronic Kidney Disease Community. One common question that Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients frequently ask is, "It seems like the Artificial Implantable Kidney will be expensive. Would this device be covered by my insurance or do I have to pay out of pocket and how much will it cost?"

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While the specific market price of the device is yet to be determined, it is safe to say that the cost of the Artificial Implantable Kidney itself, as well as the accompanying evaluations and implant surgery, will amount to a substantial sum and most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients will not be able to afford the out of pocket expenses. However, the good news is that generally, medical devices which are proven successful and effective are products that insurance provides cover. According to the Artificial Implantable Kidney Research Team, "As our analysis suggests, the Implantable Bioartificial Kidney [Artificial Implantable Kidney] will be associated with over 50% cost savings compared to Dialysis and, as such, we anticipate that the device will be attractive to those considering coverage decisions."

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That would be good news indeed if the Researchers are correct, since it would mean that most (if not all) Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients may likely have access to the Artificial Implantable Kidney device once it is available. While there are no guarantees, patients should be a bit more assured with the statement from the Artificial Implantable Kidney Research Team.

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Another, common question patients have is, "Will this be available internationally? Or will international patients have to go to the United States for a procedure?" The answer is that once the device is released commercially, it will be available to all patients in need, domestic or international, according to the University of California San Francisco (the university that is developing the device). Clinical trials, however, will likely be conducted in the United States initially because it is where the key research is taking place as well as needing to adhere to all United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.

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