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Healthcare Provider Suggests Patient Use Crowdfunding To Finance Heart Transplant

If this isn’t the most disgusting thing you read today you need to cut back on your internet usage.

An image of a letter is making the rounds on Twitter in which Spectrum Health, a healthcare provider, denies a patient a necessary heart transplant and recommends that she use crowdfunding to raise another $10,000 dollars before becoming a suitable candidate for the procedure. The letter states that the woman has been rejected for a heart transplant due to needing “a more secure financial plan” to cover her post-surgery drugs.

Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared the image, after it was posted by others, and it quickly caused a stir resulting in an avalanche of tweets ranging from righteous indignation to criticisms defending the letter or claiming that the post was misleading.

Some users proposed the ZANY idea of a nation-wide GoFundMe to pay for all of our horrible medical bills. You could call it “taxes” or something cool like that.

Canadians were politely horrified by this latest example of barbarity from the American healthcare system.

Some Twitter users pointed out that this wasn’t an insurance company but rather a clinic denying the patient coverage, which is true. According to Wikipedia Spectrum Health is a “managed care health care organization” that runs a number of hospitals and clinics.

Fun fact: The chairman of Spectrum Health is none other than Dick DeVos, the husband of our Donald Trump-appointed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The DeVoses have an estimated net worth of $5.4 billion. It’s hard to believe they don’t understand (or care) about the economic realities of average people, who are indeed forced to turn to crowdfunding to help pay for normal medical bills like ambulance rides on a sickeningly regular basis.

Technically the hospital committee is saying that the drugs the patient would need following surgery would be too expensive for her to afford so they are denying her the transplant and recommending fundraising based on projected postoperative costs, but the result is functionally the same: she is being denied lifesaving healthcare due to her financial situation.

This is the situation in America. If you’re rich you have access to healthcare. If you’re poor you often don’t. In the eyes of America’s draconian healthcare system your financial worth determines your human worth. Can’t afford to live?

Too bad, bucko.