Waiting time for a kidney transplant from start date of dialysis in Europe 2018

In 2018, almost 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 3.5 thousand patients had been waiting longer than five years for their kidney transplant. While there were 840 patients that had been placed on the transplant before starting dialysis. The majority of those waiting for a kidney transplant in 2018 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 2017, there over one thousand patients who died on the Eurotransplant waiting list needing a kidney transplant. A further 500 patients died while waiting for a liver transplant.

Rate of kidney transplants in Europe

In 2017, Spain had by far the highest rate of kidney transplants in Europe at 70.5 procedures per million population. France and the Netherlands followed both with approximately 58 kidney transplant procedures per million.

Number of individuals active on the waiting list for a kidney transplant in Europe* in 2018, by waiting time since the start of dialysis

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Release date

July 2019



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Supplementary notes

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

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