Americans Turn to Crowdfunding to Pay for Prescriptions

Posted: April 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

A search for “prescription” on GoFundMe bought up roughly 13,600 results of past and current funding pages. For insulin — both for insulin pumps and the medication itself — there were almost 6,000 results.

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Lonnie Cucinitti gets choked up when he thinks about all the people in his life who chipped in when he needed money for his four prescriptions.

The 76-year-old Texan launched a GoFundMe page in January with the hopes of collecting enough money to cover his 90-day prescriptions. He shared the fundraiser on his Facebook page, and he started receiving small donations, a few from people he didn’t know. 

Most came from friends he had made while he was in the Navy, whom he’d met more than 50 years ago. 

“It makes me very emotional to think that people I met 50 years ago would care enough to send $50,” he told Business Insider. 

Cucinitti is one of many people who have turned to crowdfunding to cover routine medical expenses. While crowdfunding is mainly used for emergency medical costs, many still turn to sites like GoFundMe for costly…

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  1. It might happen here too or perhaps already is happening. Did you see the list of investment properties that politicians hold?
    We have a very high unemployment rate amongst the young, yet are importing nurses, teachers, cooks etc. because we seem incapable of educating our own except through those money making private colleges giving out useless degrees. It makes me so angry.
    And then we want to make sure that migrants know about our ‘Australian Values.’ What values? Except those from grubby money making by our leaders.

  2. We have a lot of the same problems here in New Zealand, Gerard. We lose a sizeable proportion of our college graduates because the salaries are too low here for them to repay their student loans. Until recently, however, our health system was fairly sound, simply because patients didn’t have the option of pursuing health care privately. This has changed under our conservative National government – they have seriously cut the health budget, while simultaneously opening the New Zealand health system to private insurance. I’m aware that Australia has had that kind of two-tier system for quite some time.

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