How do I know if I need a transplant?
For most individuals, a Pulmonologist or Primary Care Provider will advise when you should be referred to a transplant center for consultation. Often, they will refer for a second opinion and to determine whether a lung transplant is an appropriate treatment option. Usually, a referral is made for individuals with end-stage, non-malignant types of lung disease where transplant would either be life saving or a live-improving measure. The most common diseases for lung transplant referral are: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Artery Hypertension and Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Lung transplant is considered the ultimate treatment after all other medical therapies have been exhausted and the lung disease poses significant impact on quality of life and/or a person’s survival.
Does the Johns Hopkins Hospital take my insurance?
In order to receive a lung transplant at Johns Hopkins you must have adequate health insurance. Prior to being evaluated for transplantation, all patients will have their insurance verified by the transplant financial advocates. This process informs you and the transplant center of your insurance benefits related to transplantation and whether the Johns Hopkins Hospital is in network and accepts these benefits.
If theJohns Hopkins Hospital is out of network or your insurance company does not work with/contract with Hopkins, the transplant financial advocates will work with you to inform you of transplant centers who are in network.