India’s underprivileged and low-income families struggle harder every day with increasing bills posed by hospitals and clinics. Consultation and diagnosis charges alone are far from affordable for most of India’s sick. Patients often have no choice but to turn to taking loans, selling assets and so on. Chronic conditions that require organ transplantation and emergency medical situations like accidents are the two most common kinds of medical cases that leave families of patients in a dilemma, unable to pay for their treatment.
A new risk-free and convenient solution that has paved its way through to India is medical crowdfunding. Platforms like Impact Guru let patients or their families create a fundraiser in minutes, tell their story and accept contributions smoothly on a safe and secure platform. They are able to share their fundraiser across all social media easily straight from the campaign page. Many campaigners on Impact Guru enjoy a useful feature that lets well-wishers take their generosity a step further and create support fundraisers to share the campaign as their own.
Lakhs of patients across the country have stumbled upon the concept of crowdfunding India to pull off their own campaigns successfully! Though the industry is fairly new to India, it continues to gain traction quickly over time and is already popular among the urban youth.
Shital is one such campaigner, hailing from Coimbatore. Her husband, a humble farmer, was diagnosed with kidney failure, a condition that is prevalent in India. His disease had gone unnoticed until it escalated to its final stage, where nothing but a liver transplant could save him. In India, most people, especially in rural areas, live on meager wages and consider a meal or two a day a luxury. The impending bills of Rs 20-30 lakhs, which is the standard at quality hospitals for a condition that needs a transplant procedure, are unimaginable for these households. They may not even earn such a large amount throughout their lifetime, let alone be able to spare it for an individual’s sickness! Often, hospitals refuse to give organs unless a deposit is paid immediately after finding the donor, and this may cost anything between Rs 10-15 lakhs. For these households that make up a majority of India crowdfunding is the last hope.
Shital created a campaign with Impact Guru when she found a source of hope from the hundreds of fundraisers she found on the platform that had been funded successfully in the past.
If you know a patient who needs funding for their medical procedures, don’t hesitate. Begin crowdfunding today to impact a life.