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GOOD NEWS FOR MALAYSIANS THAT REQUIRE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO UNDERGO KIDNEY TRANSPLANT
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Malaysia has launched its Kidney Transplant Subsidy.
This subsidy aims to help underprivileged patients and organ donors with their financial burden of kidney transplantation.
The subsidy will cover various costs from pre- to post-kidney transplantation, including income loss replacement for the workup and recuperating period.
“The subsidy accounts for the many costs that are prevalent in the process of transplantation, which can discourage organ donors and patients from following through especially for those that are underprivileged. With over 8,000 Malaysians being diagnosed with kidney disease annually, it’s imperative that we help facilitate transplantation to the best of our ability,” says Khor Xin Yun, the Chief Executive Officer of NKF Malaysia.
WHAT THE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT SUBSIDY COVERS
BEFORE THE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT
DURING THE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT
AFTER THE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT SUBSIDY
Government or university hospitals
To apply for the kidney transplant subsidy, the consultant nephrologist from a government hospital refers and recommends a patient along with a detailed medical summary and a list of items required for the subsidy.
If a government or university hospital does not have the capacity to tend to the patient
The nephrologist can refer the patient to a private hospital for pre-transplant screening and workups under the subsidy. However, the subsidy does not include the cost of surgical fees, as government hospitals have the capacity to perform kidney transplant surgery and provide immunosuppression therapy.
For more information about the NKF Kidney Transplant Subsidy, visit their website (link opens in a new tab) call 03-7954 9048 ext 208.