Critical illnesses in India, especially cancer treatment is an expensive process. From surgery to rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, it creates a huge financial burden on the person in availing the treatment. Here are ways one can raise funds for cancer treatment. Also, not everyone has cancer insurance cover, and there’s not enough awareness about it either. Hence, a majority of Indians pay for their medical care from their own pockets.
However, in the last few years, Indians have turned to a few crowd-funding platforms to cover their medical treatments. Increased internet penetration and knowledge about social media has enabled more people to crowdfund treatment for themselves or their family members.
Below are a few crowdfunding platforms you can use to raise funds:
- Ketto: Ketto is one of the largest platforms of crowdfunding in India. Ketto offers fundraisers a unique cash pick-up facility and charges 5-8% of the funds raised or USD 30 (whichever is higher in case of individuals and corporates) along with payment gateway charges. The platform has so far raised USD 5,990,400 through more than 100,000 backers to support over 10,000 projects.
- BitGiving: BitGiving was founded in 2013 to create crowdfunds for various projects like art and social projects. Almost 15% of campaigns are focused on cancer treatments. BitGiving charges 6-10% commission on the amount funded, depending on whether the seekers are non-profits, individuals, organizations or corporates.
- Impact Guru: Impact Guru is a crowdfunding platform, which was founded in 2014. More than 100 causes and organizations from six countries have been benefited by ImpactGuru’s campaigns. While it is free to launch a campaign on Impact Guru, they charge a 5% fee along with transaction costs if a fundraiser chooses a ‘Default’ package on the portal.
Apart from crowdfunding sources, there are also a few government schemes that are helping people in cancer and other critical illness treatment. Some of them are mentioned below:
- Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund: Assistance from PMNRF is given to families affected in natural calamities, but a part of the fund is also reserved for medical treatments, including cancer. List of hospitals empaneled with the PMNRF is posted separately at the PMNRF website which could be used by the applicant for reference at the time of applying for the grant.
- Chief Minister Medical Assistance fund: Many states have state-level welfare schemes for critical illness like cancer, for people who cannot afford treatment. You have to be a resident of the particular state to apply for this scheme.
- Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi-RAN: Department of Health & Family Welfare provided financial assistance under Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi-RAN. It is provided to the patients below poverty line suffering from any major illness.
There are also a lot of NGOs and Private trusts that help people with financial assistance for cancer treatment:
- Nargis Dutt Memorial Trust
- unCancer India
- Yuvraj Singh Foundation
- The Indian Cancer Society
- The Cancer Patient Aid Association
- The Cancer Care Trust
- First Hand Foundation
If you or a loved one is suffering from cancer, you can try getting assistance from any of the above options if you cannot afford the treatment alone.
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