What if you have no money to donate blood?
If you have just one year of life left, do you really want to wait until you have the money to give blood?
Or do you want to make sure you have a reliable supply of plasma for a long time?
That’s the question that is being asked by the United Blood Services (USBS) as they look to the future with the goal of raising $1.1 billion for a new program that would allow the United States to use plasma donations to treat people with blood disorders.
Currently, the only way for the US to get blood from donors who can’t afford to pay for the procedure is to get it from the donor’s own wallet.
However, with the recent explosion in the cost of plasma donations and with the shortage of the material itself, the USBS has been looking to raise the funds to allow the donation of plasma from a person’s own bank account.
The USBS recently introduced a pilot program to help USBS staff in states that can’t currently donate blood.
If approved, the program would allow donors to use their bank account to donate.
The pilot program will help the US blood service reduce its reliance on blood donations, according to USBS.
“In states that currently have no way to contribute plasma to the system, we have a way to help with that,” said Dr. David Covington, president and CEO of the US Blood Services.
“We have a pilot that’s going on in Florida that allows us to use donations from donors’ own bank accounts.
We have a plan to expand that program.
We’re very excited to be able to make it available in other states as well.”
In the past, the cost to donate a blood sample has ranged from about $10 to $30 depending on the procedure.
But now, the price for donating a blood test has dropped from $60 to $40, and it has dropped the cost for getting plasma from donors from $10,000 to $100,000.
According to US Blood, the pilot program is being run to help the blood service reach its goal of having a plasma donation rate of 50% by the end of 2018.
“It’s a very challenging, expensive and time consuming process,” Covingtonsaid.
“The pilot program we’re running is intended to give people a better option.”
According to Covingonsays, the amount of plasma donated by people is increasing, and the US has the capacity to donate as much as 2.5 billion blood units by 2026.
The US will have the ability to use the money raised from the pilot to pay doctors for blood work, improve the health of people with serious blood disorders and increase the number of people in the US receiving blood transfusions.
The pilot will run from January to July of 2021, and will be overseen by Dr. William Coving, who is the president of the National Association of Blood Banks.
If the program is approved, a portion of the money will go to help pay for new blood banks to expand the program.
The other half will go towards new plasma donors to make up for the current shortfall in plasma.
“The current donor pool is just not big enough to make a big difference in our overall population,” said Covingson.
“So this is a really big step in the right direction.
We are very proud of the pilot.
It’s an incredible opportunity.”