Dr. Bremner explains if a person's medical insurance will pay for their lung transplant.
We certainly would never do a lung transplant without knowing the patient has adequate health care coverage. Lung transplant process is fairly expensive and as long-term care includes expensive medications. So yes, these transplants are fully insured and insurance companies do cover them, and we ensure that that process is in place before we proceed.
Dr. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D.:
Ross M. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D., is surgical director of the Center for Thoracic Disease and chief of thoracic surgery at the Heart & Lung Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Bremner completed his medical school training in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand where he graduated magna cum laude and received the Harwood Nash Memorial medal for surgery. He then completed his general surgery training at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, during which time he also completed his Ph.D. Dr. Bremner then went on to complete his cardiothoracic training at USC after which he joined the faculty as assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery and director of the Hastings Thoracic Oncology Laboratory.