20 million Americans raise funds online to pay medical bills
According to a study published Wednesday February 19, about 8 million Americans started crowdfunding campaigns on websites like GoFundMe to pay for medical bills. Another 12 million started similar campaigns for someone from acquaintances. Writes about this The Hill.
20% of Americans said they donated money to such campaigns, according to a NORC survey at the University of Chicago.
The proliferation of such online fees for medical bills is a sign of rising medical costs even for those with insurance.
As annual health care costs continue to rise, more and more Americans are struggling to pay their medical bills, and millions of people turn to social networks and crowdfunding sites to raise funds.
GoFundMe positions itself as a “leader in the collection of medical devices on the Internet”: 250 medical campaigns are launched every year on the site.
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“I would really like the medicine category not to be on GoFundMe,” said Rob Solomon, CEO of the website.
“However, the reality is that access to health care is associated with the ability to pay for it. If you cannot do this, people die. People are suffering. We are pleased that our platform exists and helps people, ”he added.
A NORC survey found that 85% of respondents believed that the government should be held accountable for providing care when medical care is unavailable. 83% said the same thing about hospitals or clinics.
The survey was conducted from November 8 to November 16, 2019 and included 1020 interviews with a representative sample of the country. The error is 4%.
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