The Moral Failure of Crowdfunding Health Care
April 5, 2017
(Medium) – The study, published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, finds that crowdfunding sites give an advantage to those already skilled in self-marketing and generating attention on social media. The digital platforms can present problems for older people?—?those most likely to have costly chronic conditions?—?as well as non-English speakers. Very few campaigns go viral beyond one’s personal network, which penalizes those who don’t have wealthy connections. It’s easier to fundraise for a single need, rather than a tangle of medical costs, housing payments, utility bills, and car repairs?—?exactly the kinds of needs that pile up for those living in poverty. In short, the rise of medical crowdfunding reflects?—?and potentially worsens?—?the inequities already at play in the United States.