gofundme for Medical Bills

Check this out. What you will see is a piece that notes that, with increasing frequency, people are turning to crowd sourcing to help cover their medical bills.  In the 8 years since its inception, GFM has collected more than $5 BILLION in donated funds. At the present time, 1 in 3 requests is medically related.

Why? Patients without medical insurance. Rising deductibles. Costs like hotel bills, gas and lost salaries that insurance doesn’t cover.

As usual, I am of two minds on this one. One part of me thinks just how wonderful it is that the money raised by GFM has come from over 50 million donations, large and small. You can read a few of the heart-warming stories of patients who benefitted from this assistance.

The other part of me ponders the desperation and hopelessness that drive patients to this source of funding, and the comment that all of this makes on the state of health insurance in the U.S.  

OH. And then there is the cynic in me that ponders such cases as the high profile GFM started by a couple purportedly to collect money for a homeless man that  gave no money to the nominal beneficiary. Instead, the couple bought luxury cars and vacations for themselves.  

Bottom Line. Whatever the underlying social issues and opportunities for abuse, I thank God that for the generous people who are willing to step forward to help people with their medical bills.  

Need medical $ yourself or know someone who does? Go here to learn how to go about getting it through GFM. 

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