Education and Technology

Ethical implications of medical crowdfunding: the case of Charlie Gard

Education and Technology

Ethical implications of medical crowdfunding: the case of Charlie Gard

Patients are increasingly turning to medical crowdfunding as a way to cover their healthcare costs. In the case of Charlie Gard, an infant born with encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, crowdfunding was used to finance experimental nucleoside therapy. Although this treatment was not provided in the end, we will argue that the success of the Gard family’s crowdfunding campaign reveals a number of potential ethical concerns.

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