Lauren Berliner cited by John Oliver on Last Week Tonight


IAS faculty member Lauren Berliner and Nora Kenworthy’s research on medical crowdfunding was cited by comedian John Oliver on his show Last Week Tonight during the February 16, 2020 episode in which he discussed the failures of the American healthcare system and the debate surrounding Medicare for All.

Oliver used their research to help illustrate the ways crowdfunding fails to make up for gaps in American’s healthcare system, citing their finding that “90% of [GoFundMe] campaigns do not reach their goal.” This data was published in their 2017 Social Science and Medicine article “Producing a worthy Illness: Personal Crowdfunding Amidst Financial Crisis.”

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