Donors cannot be compensated with anything of value for their donation. The sale of organs in the United States is prohibited. In general, the recipient’s insurance pays for a donor’s evaluation and donation. Additionally, the recipient’s insurance often covers the expenses of any complications after donation. This is often, but not always the case, so it’s important to know your situation.
Transportation expenses may be (but are not usually) covered by insurance. You are encouraged to visit the National Living Donor Assistance Center or call toll free 1-888-870-5002 for financial assistance with travel expenses.
There is no compensation for lost wages, but you are encouraged to check with your employer for possible programs. There is the possibility that future insurability -- including health, disability, and/or life insurance -- may be affected by donation.