Kidney Live Donor Support Fund

The NKF launched a $10 million “Kidney Live Donor Support Fund” to provide financial assistance to needy live kidney donors and will be limited to kidney-related medical welfare and insurance. Only Singaporean Citizens and Permanent Residents referred by Restructured Hospitals will be eligible to apply for this Fund and must meet the NKF means test criteria.

The implementation of the “Kidney Live Donor Support Fund” took effect from 1 November 2009 in conjunction with the amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA).

The funding coverage includes:

  • Annual health screening and medical follow-ups as directed by Restructured Hospital Physicians
  • One time reimbursement for loss of income equivalent to actual loss of income or $5,000 whichever is lower
  • Reimbursement of Hospitalisation & Surgical insurance premiums (capped at CPF Basic MediShield premiums)
  • Insurance coverage for Group Living Policy based on sum insured of $200,000

One of the NKF’s missions has always been to promote kidney transplantation and support the legislation and awareness of kidney donation since the early 1970s. Continuing with its efforts to encourage kidney donation, the NKF’s “Kidney Live Donor Support Fund” is another initiative to promote renal transplantation as this offers best long-term survival and quality of life.

Mr Teo Eng Hong is the first recipient of the Kidney Live Donor Support Fund. He gave his kidney to his wife, Madam Liau Cheok Huey

 

“I no longer need to go through 10 hours of dialysis daily. With my new lease of life, I can focus on my studies, plan for a career and family and spend more quality time with my family and friends.” – Mr Joseph Asogan, who is studying Hospitality and Tourism Management with aspirations to work in the hotel industry.

 

The Kidney Live Donor Support Fund initiated by NKF was announced on 1 November 2009

 

 

Mr Mohamad Ali Haji Salleh who gave his kidney to his daughter, Nurul Jannah, is a beneficiary of NKF’s Kidney Live Donor Support Fund. Thanks to him, Nurul says, “I feel I can go out and live life again.”

 

“Joseph has been given a second chance at life. I’m sure any parent would give a kidney to his or her child.” – Mr Loganathan Asogan, who gave his kidney to his youngest son, Joseph on 1 October 2011. Mr Asogan is a recipient of NKF’s Kidney Live Donor Support Fund

 

FAQ

It is a $10 million fund set up to provide financial assistance to needy live kidney donors. The implementation of the programme took effect on 1 November 2009 in conjunction with the amendment to the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA).

Only Singaporeans and Permanent Residents who are needy can apply for this Programme. These needy donors will need to be referred to the NKF by Restructured Hospitals and be means tested.

The funding covers the following:

1. Cost of annual health screening and medical follow-ups as directed by Restructured Hospital Physicians.

2. One time reimbursement for loss of income equivalent to actual loss of income of $5,000 or whichever is lower.

3. Reimbursement of Hospitalisation & Surgical insurance premiums (Capped at MediShield Life Premiums).

4. Insurance coverage for Group Living Policy based on sum insured of $200,000

1. Heart Attack
2. Cancer
3. Multiple Sclerosis
4. Blindness
5. Paralysis
6. Fulminant Hepatitis
7. Stroke
8. Kidney Failure
9. Major Organ Transplant
10. Coronary Artery Disease
11. Alzheimer Disease
12. Aorta Surgery
13. Coma
14. Deafness
15. Heart Valve Surgery
16. Loss of Speech
17. Major Burns
18. Terminal Illness
19. Aplastic Anaemia
20. Primary Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
21. Chronic Lung Disease
22. Chronic Liver Disease
23. Motor Neurone Disease
24. Muscular Dystrophy
25. Parkinson’s Disease
26. Angioplasty
27. Bacterial Meningitis
28. Benign Brain Tumour
29. Encephalitis
30. AIDS due to Blood Transfusion

It will take effect 12 weeks after the date of the kidney transplant operation, subject to approval by the Insurer.

The “Group Living Policy” for the kidney donors who pass the means test and age criteria will be fully subsidised by NKF.

The insurance plan will cover the donor until the maximum age of 69 at the last birthday. For instance, if the donor is 50 at the time of the transplantation, he or she will be covered for 19 years (age of 69 as per the age limit of the Group Living Policy).

Every donor is strongly encouraged to obtain a MediShield coverage before they go for the surgery so that all hospitalisation and surgical costs will be covered by MediShield. NKF will reimburse their premiums should they passed the means test criteria.

The initial funding of $10 million comes from NKF’s existing surplus fund, if the fund is depleted, NKF will raise additional funds for this Programme.

Read more about Kidney Transplant.