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. To encourage live kidney transplant, only the recipient is required to pass 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:

  • Pre-transplant screening and evaluation costs for up to two potential donors per kidney recipient
  • Annual health screening and medical follow-ups as directed by Restructured Hospital Physicians
  • One-time reimbursement for loss of two months actual income or $8,500, whichever is lower
  • Reimbursement of Hospitalisation & Surgical insurance premiums (Capped at MediShield Life 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

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.”

 

“I would do anything to save my son.” – Madam Ng Sai Pheng who gave her kidney to her eldest child, William Tan on 30 August 2017. Madam Ng 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 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. To encourage live kidney transplant, only the recipient is required to pass the NKF means test criteria.

The funding covers the following:

1. Pre-transplant screening and evaluation costs for up to two potential donors per kidney recipient

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

3. One-time reimbursement for loss of two months actual income or $8,500, whichever is lower

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

5. 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 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.

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