Saturday, December 3, 2016

How Much Do You Get Paid to Donate Plasma?

Q: How much does plasma donation pay? When I donated plasma, the pay was 10,15,10,25, (for the first, second, third and fourth times of the month,) but that was about 8 years ago. I was told to call first because sometimes a special reward is offered for economic hardship. 

Answer: Some companies (like Biomat USA) pay $ 40 the first donation and $ 60 after. Usually you can donate for around $ 40, and then come back in a couple of days and donate for another $ 40. CSL Plasma pays $50 for your first two visits and Biolife Plasma will give $ 40 payment for your first two visits. Talecris plasma center pays the most at $60 for the first visit, $50 for the second, and $30-$40 a week after that.

Economic Hardship

Economic hardship has led to an increase in blood plasma donation services for offered money. While many serious diseases can be treated successfully with plasma biotherapies, the number of families who benefit financially from payments received from a plasma donation centers are also significant.

Income received from plasma donating is not significant, but it could certainly help someone who is really strapped for cash, since plasma can be donated more often than blood. Potential plasma donors should call their local donation center donations for specific payment guidelines.

How Do You Get Paid When Donating Plasma?

Plasma centers don't write checks, or offer cash rewards like in the past. Instead, most plasma centers now use a money card, similar to a debit card, to pay you for plasma donating. After you donate, the nurse scans your plasma donation bag with your ID on it, and the money is automatically added to your card. Some plasma donation centers even offer an ATM inside the center, for faster access to your cash and checking your balance.

CSL plasma money cards now have a my Visa Z rewards feature - every time you donate and get paid at CSL, you earn rewards points good toward mp3 downloads, coupons, or cash back.

How Much Plasma Centers Pay in the United States - By State

Different states have separate laws on minimum donor pay received. For example, in Illinois, the minimum pay is a large sum of $5 per donation hour, and since most donations take up to 1 hour, a donor would be paid a whopping fee of $5. Luckily, most plasma donation centers make thousands of dollars on each bottle of human plasma, so they can afford to pay more than the minimum. Here are three states I know about, average pay in each:

1.) Illinois - centers usually pay around $25 first donation of the week, $35 for the second

2.) California - one the highest paying states for donors, at $35 first, $45 dollars second time

3.) Texas - one of the cheapest, lowest paying state averages, at only $10 dollars first, $20-$30 second time around

How to donate plasma

Donating plasma is different from donating blood in it after you have drawn blood, plasma is separated and the remaining blood is returned to the donor, by centrifugation. To make sure that donors are in perfect health, they must wait at least 4 months between red blood cell donations. Plasma donors can donate as frequently as twice a week, however, with a 48 hour waiting period in between.

Q: How does paid plasma donation differ from voluntary blood plasma donation?

A: Paid plasma donation is the same as any other automated donation process. I assume that "selling" plasma sounds too awkward.

Why Donate Plasma?

If you do not donate then many people will die. It helps people with leukemia and other immune disorders.

For me, the extra cash is addicting, as were the health surveys conducted in the plasma donation center before any donations (I donated at Biotest Plasma,) so I went to donate plasma twice a week for a $ 65 reimbursement.

According to director of corporate communications for ZLB Plasma Services, Christine Kuhinka, whose center is located at 2978 South State Street in Salt Lake City, an individual can earn up to $300 monthly income for their family, just by donating plasma.

You get paid more when you become a regular donor to the Center, but only for the first few times. To get compensated, you must first find the center nearest you. There are plenty of useful Internet ads will help you to do this. Then, you earn $ 40 for the first visit and less for others.

There is nothing wrong with plasma donating, if you're a suitable candidate. If a potential donor does not meet the height and weight requirements of the protocol, a center may still buy their plasma. They are still eligible to use automated technology to donate one unit of red blood cells / one unit of plasma or platelet donation.

The pros on Donating Plasma

There's only one pro to donating plasma: the payment. The amount that you earn for donation depends on the current needs of the donor pool, but the highest paying plasma companies pay anywhere from $ 20 - $ 50 per donation, and you can give twice a week! After your initial visit, the average payment is $25 for a first donations, $ 35 for the second donation of the week. The money is pretty decent.

Also, your plasma is worth more than just cash. Plasma has worth as potential rescue serum for patients receiving immuno therapy, and for people struggling to put food on the table every day, they receive valuable payments which are also a lifesaver.

The First Donation

My first donation was about 2 hours long. The process includes an individual physician check on the first visit. You also need to do routine things like get weighed to determine how much plasma you can donate, and get your blood pressure and pulse taken. After the first donation, it only takes about 45 minutes - it's the easiest money ever!

Who donates plasma

After a quick search on the internet, I found that a lot of normal (read: not drugged up and not-homeless people) make a decent amount of money by plasma donating. Who knew that plasma was worth so much? Plasma centers do not directly set the pay- they go off how much you weigh, how often you donate, and how tall you are.

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