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Waiting time for a kidney transplant from start date of dialysis in Europe 2019

In 2019, over four thousand patients on the kidney transplant list in the Eurotransplant countries* had been waiting and receiving dialysis for between two and four years. A further 3.3 thousand patients had been waiting longer than five years for their kidney transplant. While there were 811 patients that had been placed on the transplant before starting dialysis. The majority of those waiting for a kidney transplant in 2019 were aged between 16 and 55 years.

Fatalities on the waiting list

Unfortunately, not every patient on transplant waiting lists have the health to continue waiting for the organs they require. As in 2019, there were 573 thousand patients who died on the Eurotransplant waiting list needing a kidney transplant. A further 386 patients died while waiting for a liver transplant.

Rate of kidney transplants in Europe

In 2019, Spain had by far the highest rate of kidney transplants in Europe at 73.8 procedures per million population. France and Netherlands followed in 2019 with the second highest rate at 55.6 kidney transplants per million.

Number of individuals active on the waiting list for a kidney transplant in Europe* in 2019, by waiting time since the start of dialysis

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June 2020



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* European countries include: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Slovenia.

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