No matter where you are in the transplant process, you do not have to face your concerns alone. Your transplant team recognizes that preparing for and living with a transplant will affect your lifestyle in many ways. Your transplant team will help you maintain and resume many of your activities and even become involved in new ones.
Transplant Social Workers
Most transplant programs are staffed with social workers who are ready to help you. Transplant social workers can counsel you and your family and provide a variety of helpful resources. They can also help you begin to develop your financial plan.
Through an informal interview, your social worker will determine your needs and help you understand and cope with basic problems associated with your illness, such as:
- inability to pay your medical bills;
- lack of funds to meet daily needs;
- lack of reliable transportation to and from the transplant facility;
- referrals for re-employment services;
- anxiety and depression issues;
- help in caring for children or other family members.
You have a right to request that the information you share with your social worker be kept confidential -- as long as the information is not vital to your medical care.
Although the social worker may have knowledge about government funding and disability programs, financial issues are only a part of his or her responsibilities. The financial coordinator has detailed knowledge of financial matters and hospital billing methods.
Social workers and financial coordinators work together to determine how you can best afford the cost of your transplant.
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