Kickstarter has been around for a while now. You’ve probably seen someone try to use it to raise money to make a film or video game or whatever else. In recent years, though, it feels like a different, less sunny form of crowdfunding is on the rise: Crowdfunding appeals, usually on sites like GoFundMe or YouCaring, for people who are in dire financial straits and are seeking out strangers’ assistance.
It should be obvious as a fundamental principle that in a civilized country, crowdfunding for direct medical expenses should be utterly unnecessary. You get sick or injured, your medical care should be covered by the community at large.
Crowdfunding first drew national attention as a way to fund a new invention, finance a film, or take a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Over the last five years, two major genres of crowdfunding have emerged: one, very broadly conceived, for the fun, fantastical, and entertaining (think Kickstarter and Indiegogo); another for the serious (GoFundMe, YouCaring, and at least a half dozen others).
Crowdfunding is fantastic at addressing need — but only certain types, and for certain people. It can activate our most charitable selves, but it also, through its very format, often exploits our worst societally ingrained biases
Researchers say rules designed to protect backers have lots of loopholes.
Crowdfunding platforms such as GoFundMe and YouCaring have turned sympathy for Americans drowning in medical expenses into a cottage industry.
Medical expenses are already the single largest crowdfunding category.
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While crowdsourced science may not be changing the funding game, undeniably—it is making scientists think more seriously about connecting to the public.
The debate over the future of healthcare is obscuring a more pedestrian reality: Insurance may handle most costs, but many Americans still need to turn to charity for help when they get sick.
“If we use crowdsourcing for healthcare costs as a way to replace what a good healthcare system might do, then we’re really creating a new health disparity,”
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Unless you’ve been living in a remote island for the last few years, you’ve heard about crowdfunding or stories of people raising thousands or millions of dollars online. In fact, there’s been so much chatter out there about crowdfunding that people love to throw out the line “yeah, I’ve heard there are something like 500 crowdfunding sites.” While hundreds of sites may be popping up, not all of them have real communities and funding successes under their belt.
Online donation sites are booming as patients with little or no health insurance turn to strangers to help pay medical costs.
Over time, crowdfunding has morphed into a platform to finance an array of requests. There are even niche crowdfunding sites dedicated solely to raising money for funeral expenses. Most significant may be the rise of campaigns to crowdfund medical problems and bills
Since there’s more science happening than could ever be funded by the government, maybe crowdfunding is an important tool to start these things off - Reid Rubsamen, M.D.
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