For Patients

Live Kidney Donation Compensation

Live donation of a kidney or part of a liver can significantly improve the duration and quality of life for many people. Removing barriers to live organ donation is important to help people get the transplant they need. You may now be entitled to 100 percent compensation for lost earnings if you donate a live organ. This compensation is for up to 12 weeks from the date you have your surgery and while you recover. You won’t be entitled to compensation if you use annual leave or sick leave to go through the donation process because it’s only available for loss of earnings.

You may choose to take annual leave or sick leave to extend your recovery period, in which case you will just be compensated for the time you have gone without earning. If you are on a benefit and also earn an income you may be entitled to some compensation and should talk to Work and Income about your options. You may also be able to have some of your travel and accommodation costs associated with the organ donor surgery reimbursed. Funding for this is the responsibility of the hospital where the person receiving the organ lives.

Kidney transplants are carried out in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch hospitals. Liver transplants are only carried out in Auckland. The donor liaison coordinator or renal social worker at the hospital nearest to you can give you information about this. You do not have to be living in New Zealand to qualify for live organ donation compensation, however, your surgery must take place in New Zealand and the person receiving the organ must be eligible for publicly funded health services in New Zealand.

You can donate an organ if you have successfully completed medical tests and checks to make sure this type of surgery is suitable for you. If you are thinking of donating your kidney, contact the donor liaison coordinator or renal social worker at your nearest hospital. If it is part of your liver, contact Auckland Hospital.

More information and resources about live organ donation, including travel reimbursement