Whether they need medicine to manage a chronic illness or emergency care after an accident, Americans are struggling to pay their medical bills. Facing sky-high out-of-pocket costs, many have turned to crowdfunding sites, asking family, friends, and even strangers to give what they can. And those family, friends, and yes, even strangers, are giving: One in five Americans say they or someone in their household have contributed to a crowdfunding campaign to pay for someone else’s medical bills or treatments, according to a new survey. advertisement As part of the AmeriSpeak Spotlight on Health survey series from the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, researchers polled a nationally representative sample of 1,020 people across the country about their participation with medical-related crowdfunding projects. Though there have been plenty of news articles about such crowdfunding campaigns on sites such as GoFundMe, Susan Cahn, senior research scientist at NORC, says that there hasn’t yet been a national survey asking how many people have created or contributed to these kinds of campaigns. Sixty percent of respondents said that the government should be responsible for paying for the healthcare of those who can’t afford it.” The survey found that an… Read full this story
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