Jan 16, 2019 - Health

GoFundMe is a health care lifeline

A father carries his daughter, who has a cast, in her hospital room.

GoFundMe has become a common fundraising outlet for patients. Photo: Pete Marovich For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Roughly a third of the $5 billion in cash GoFundMe has helped people raise since it started in 2010 has gone toward medical bills and expenses — the most of any category on the crowdfunding site.

What they're saying: "The [health care] system is terrible," GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon told Kaiser Health News. "We shouldn't be the solution to a complex set of systemic problems."

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