Questions and answers about organ donation

Payment and costs

Can those who need it buy an organ somewhere?

In Norway and most other countries, it is forbidden to buy and sell human organs. Such activity, unfortunately, occurs in other countries. We can guarantee that transplants in Norway are not carried out with purchased organs.

In may western countries, e.g. US, UK and Scandinavia, the extraction and use of organs is recorded in public records, and only those who are resident in the country can, according to the rules, be placed on the waiting list for a transplant. The medical necessary exchange of donated organs across borders is regulated and organized by the country’s own international institutions.


Do the next-of-kin receive any financial compensation from organ donation?

Saying yes to organ donation should not entail any additional expenses for the relatives. Organ donation should also not result in any financial gain.

For living donors of kidney, expenses may relate to transport and stay in connection with the organ operation, as well as compensation for loss of income.

For relatives of deceased donors, this may involve compensation of additional expenses when the treatment process is prolonged for the purpose of carrying out a possible donation.


Isn’t it expensive to operate this kind of treatment?

Yes, it is costly. But analysis shows that organ transplants are financially worthwhile.

Kidney transplant, an example:

The treatment of a kidney patient who is on dialysis 2-3 per week costs 500,000-700,000 NOK per year. A kidney transplant costs 300,000 NOK in addition to medicines that cost 80,000NOK per year.

Moreover, a person who has had a kidney transplant will most likely return to work, unfortunately this is not possible for most patients on dialysis.