Health care prices

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."

In health care, it's still about the prices

Illustration of a price tag as an IV bag.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Health care executives gave no indication to bankers and investors at this year's J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference that their pricing practices would change any time soon.

Why it matters: That sentiment comes the same week when three of the original authors of an influential 2003 article — which studied why health care is so expensive in the U.S.— published an update. Their conclusion was the same: "It's still the prices, stupid."

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