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Donation Incentive Programs

Financial Assistance Programs

While blood donation is an unpaid, charitable gift to the community, University Health offers opportunities for donors to help a patient who needs financial assistance.


University Health cares about each of our patients, regardless of income level. We offer CareLink, a financial assistance program to Bexar County families who do not have health insurance and do not qualify for other coverage. Members of the CareLink program can donate blood and receive a small financial credit to their account. This credit can help pay for medications and other medical expenses. Other donors can also give blood on behalf of a CareLink member to provide the financial credit. To do this, be sure to obtain the CareLink member’s ID number so we can credit the correct member’s account for your donation.

Inventory Replacement Program

If a University Hospital patient receives blood, friends and family members can donate blood on their behalf to refill the hospital’s blood inventory. The patient will receive a financial credit toward their final medical expenses after insurance benefits have been used. The person must be an inpatient at the time donations are made. To do this, be sure that you have the patient’s MRN or date of birth at the time of donation.