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What is the cost of a lung transplant?

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Lung transplants cost anywhere from $560,000 for a single lung transplant to approximately $800,000 for a double lung transplant based on 2011 costs, states United Network for Organ Sharing. Costs depend on where the transplant is done, what insurance covers and what medications are needed after the lung transplant.

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What is the cost of a lung transplant?
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Medical costs included in the cost of a lung transplant include evaluation and testing before surgery, hospital and surgeon fees, follow-up care following surgery, and anti-rejection medication, explains United Network for Organ Sharing.

Patients are usually in the hospital for 10 to 14 days following transplant surgery. Anti-rejection medications are taken for life following lung transplant surgery, thus adding to the overall cost of the procedure, according to Barnes Jewish Hospital.

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