Crowded Out

Crowded Out The True Costs of Crowdfunding Healthcare

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An eye-opening investigation into charitable crowdfunding for health care in the United States-and the consequences of allowing health care access to be decided by the digital crowd. Over the past decade, charitable crowdfunding has exploded in popularity across the globe. Sites such as GoFundMe, which now boasts a "global community of over 100 million" users, have transformed the ways we seek and offer help. When faced with crises-particularly medical ones-Americans are turning to online platforms that promise to connect them to the charity of the crowd. What does this new phenomenon reveal about the changing ways we seek and provide health care? In Crowded Out, Nora Kenworthy examines how charitable crowdfunding so quickly overtook public life, where it is taking us, and who gets left behind by this new platformed economy. Although crowdfunding has become ubiquitous in our lives, it is often misunderstood: rather than a friendly free market "powered by the kindness" of strangers, crowdfunding is powerfully reinforcing inequalities and changing the way Americans think about and access health care. Drawing on extensive research and rich storytelling, Crowded Out demonstrates how crowdfunding for health is fueled by-and further reinforces-financial and moral "toxicities" in market-based health care systems. It offers a unique and distressing look beneath the surface of some of the most popular charitable platforms and helps to foster thoughtful discussions of how we can better respond to health care crises both small and large.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262548038
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 362.10681
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20231101
Language: English
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 300g
Height: 228mm
Width: 154mm
Spine width: 19mm