One-year-old twins Adelaide and Gray Carter were recently diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that is usually fatal – the treatment costs: $ 750,000 per child.
The children's father, Jarod Carter, has begun a GoFundMe page that has been raised so far more than $ 103,000. He is by no means alone. Roughly 250.00 campaigns for dealing with health care costs have been set up on the online fundraising platform, raising total contributions of $ 650 million – a third of all donations made through the site, according to CEO Rob Solomon
" When we started in 2010, it was not intentionally set up and built to be a substitute for medical insurance, "Solomon told CBS MoneyWatch. "Over time, people have used GoFundMe for the most important issues they are faced with."
Health coverage has eroded since 2017, with 7 million more Americans becoming uninsured since President Donald Trump took office, according to recent Gallup data. The national uninsured rate stands at 13.7 percent, and four-year high, according to the report.
Pages of sick people
Just a few of the many other GoFundMe pages set up to help people raise money to deal with health care issues:
- A 31-year-old mother twice diagnosed with ovarian cancer
- An 8-year-old boy faces a high drug cost following a 2018 heart transplant
- A mother with a rare type of brain cancer
- A mom fighting leukemia
- Air Force Officer Battling Cancer
- A teenage boy diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder
While many pages on the site are for people who lack health insurance, others have coverage but still face major costs. Carter, and a 40-year-old physical therapist with his own practice in Austin, Texas, said the family's insurer, Aetna, "has been really great to us." But the ancillary costs of looking after his children are heavy.
"Now our son is on a fan, and for both of them they have a higher likelihood – if they get a cold or a flu or anything at all – of having to go to the hospital. cleaning materials is an expense. "
" There are all these things we need to make sure these kids have the best chance of staying healthy, "he added. "19659020]" Take action "
GoFundMe helps people raise money for a range of purposes. Its millions of users create fundraisers that fall under categories including family, education, competition, creative, travel, faith and more.
"We have turned into this 'take action' button, whether it is related to government shutdown or a family member who can not pay their medical bills – people want to help, and we solve big problems," Solomon said. "While we have not set out to be one of the most influential healthcare companies in the world, if we serve that purpose, I feel very proud about that."
Although many Americans still lack health insurance, the trend in raising money online is not limited to US Medical fundraisers are also popular in countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom, which have universal health care. Even when medical bills are covered, related costs, including lost wages, transportation and hotel bills, can drain people's bank accounts.
"Medical-related fundraisers tend to be the largest category in any market," Solomon said. "Insurance can cover the medical payment side of it, but it does not cover you being out of work or needing transport or lodging away from your home."