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Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:00 PM

Study: 50 Mill Americans Donate To Medical Crowdfunding; 8 Mill Started A Campaign for Themselves

'Study: 50 million Americans donate to medical crowdfunding,' Axios, Feb. 20, 2020.

An estimated 50 million Americans have donated to crowdfunding campaigns for medical expenses, according to a new study.

The big picture: People without insurance often have to shoulder enormous bills all on their own, and out-of-pocket expenses are a burden even for people with insurance. Friends and family are a big part of the unofficial health care system.

By the numbers: NORC at the University of Chicago estimates that 8 million people have started a crowdfunding campaign for their own medical expenses, 12 million have started one for a friend or family member, and 50 million have donated to one.
Those figures are based on a survey of 1,000 people.

Overall, 20% of Americans reported donating to a medical crowdsourcing campaign.
61% had donated to a relative, co-worker or acquaintance; 46% had donated to a friend's campaign; and 35% donated to a stranger.

Go deeper: GoFundMe's place in the health care system

https://www.axios.com/americans-gofundme-medical-bills-13771353-1cf7-4780-930b-b60140a8e67e.html

- Also: 'Barbaric,' 8 Million Americans Have Been Forced To Start Crowdfunding Campaigns To Cover Medical Costs'
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/19/barbaric-8-million-americans-have-been-forced-start-crowdfunding-campaigns-cover



- Nurses use Band-Aids to attach GoFundMe pages to the headquarters of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in Washington, D.C.

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Reply Study: 50 Mill Americans Donate To Medical Crowdfunding; 8 Mill Started A Campaign for Themselves (Original post)
appalachiablue Feb 23 OP
Autumn Feb 23 #1
appalachiablue Feb 23 #2
marble falls Feb 23 #3
appalachiablue Feb 23 #5
marble falls Feb 23 #6
SWBTATTReg Feb 23 #4
appalachiablue Feb 23 #7
Skittles Feb 23 #8
KPN Feb 24 #9

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:02 PM

1. This should not happen in our country.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:28 PM

2. The 50 mill who've donated to help others is about 10x the population

of Denmark, ranked the happiest nation in the world and home to excellent healthcare.

This country and its people are rapidly deteriorating; a former neighbor (non smoker, non drinker) just got thru treatment for laryangeal cancer (stage 3) and is doing well, prognosis good. She had to raise all the money for care on GoFundMe with help from a family member. It's staggering ..

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:41 PM

3. One of the ones I donated to was a fraud. Makes me cautious now.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:50 PM

5. Yes, be careful after getting burned. It takes all kinds

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:54 PM

6. If it makes me sure to get the money in the right hands, it was a good experience.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 12:48 PM

4. The government should be more involved instead of regular everyday Americans, in ...

donating funds to these causes, after all, some of these things they are researching etc. will benefit Americans too. 50 Million is an awesome number. It goes to show that Americans do care, and that regardless of what our idiot-in-chief stands for, we as Americans still stand high and proud, regardless of what this POS does.

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 01:02 PM

7. Agree, govt. involved & Americans can't keep this up forever

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 04:23 PM

8. now we having to crowdfund fraud

because these ridiculously high bills are a SCAM and a FRAUD

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Response to Skittles (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 24, 2020, 11:39 AM

9. Boom! Exactly!

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