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Crowdfunding concept. Despite its growing popularity, crowdfunding to pay for medical bills can result in ineffective or potentially dangerous treatments. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Winchester, Massachusetts family was desperate to find ways to help a family member fight back against Parkinson’s Disease. Facing hefty medical bills for an experimental treatment, the family turned to the online fundraising platform GoFundMe for help. Donors contributed more than $20,000 so the family member could undergo the treatment that fell outside of the mainstream health care system–and the insurance system that keeps it running.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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