Fundraising for Medical Expenses – It’s Possible!
If you or a loved one are taken ill, a very real issue that you’ll have to consider from the outset if how to pay those medical bills. Even if you’re fully insured, out-of-pocket medical expenses can quickly rack up.
And that’s not all. Say you prefer a certain treatment to another that is not covered by your insurance. Or lets imagine that you have to relocate in order to receive critical treatment. Costs can be magnified.
As there are so many variables to deal with when one falls ill, despite the stress and grief of having to go through treatment, you really should pay attention to how you’re going to cover the cost of medical treatment as early as possible.
What is becoming increasingly mainstream is to setup an online fundraiser for those affected. Websites such as CauseWish specialize in fundraising for medical expenses. And while some feel awkward about it, this story from a fundraiser that I met helped me put it into perspective:
“I felt horrible asking friends and family to pitch in for medical expenses that were affecting me. Why should I put that burden on others? Then, my friend Louise very bluntly told me to think of all the people that I’ve helped in the last few years – it had to be at least 20. She then told me to divide the total cost of treatment by 20 and all of a sudden, paying for these medical costs became possible.
I was able to raise all the money I needed and what’s was equally healing were the words of love and support. I was amazed at just how many people came together to help me through this difficult time.”
To say that story moved me is an understatement. And what’s more, there are similar stories of fundraisers coming together to support loved ones every single day.
In addition to fundraising online, you should also look at more traditional fundraising routes.
Host an event where you charge for entry, snacks, competitions or games. Or setup a community event, host a garage sale or sell stuff door to door.
In addition, speak to the company you work for and see if they’ll be able to offer some sort of donation matching. If they can’t, see if they’ll help in any other way such as by spreading the word or simply placing a collection jar in highly trafficked areas.
There are a ton of fundraising ideas and the ones you select will depend on you, your network and what you prefer. For example, diagnosing angular cheilitis is one topic.
In addition to fundraising, contact relevant organizations that might be able to help with medical expenses. There are non-profit organizations that help with everything from finding accommodation local to certain hospitals to straight up paying your medical costs.
Different charities cater to different conditions, severities and type of patient so it’s worth doing your research.
Do you have any other ideas on fundraising for medical expenses? Leave them in the comments.