Unethical Cancer Benefit?

Question by Rachel: Unethical Cancer Benefit?
I need some opinions because I am struggling with something. My best friend’s mother was diagnosed with cancer (she is in her mid-50’s). Before treatment options were discussed, her family started organizing a benefit. Although she has no health insurance, she was approved to receive 100% coverage for treatments from the hospital, and this coverage is good for a year. During the planning stages of the benefit, she had surgery with follow-up testing and was told the surgery had effectively removed all the cancer. However, they are still having the benefit. Through ticket sales, they have raised close to $ 3,000. They anticipate raising more money by selling 50/50 raffle tickets to people at the benefit. My problem is this: they are not telling people she is cured. Their facebook pages touted the hardships of “no insurance” and said the benefit was to help “offset medical costs.” Although I purchased a ticket, I don’t want to go to this benefit to be squeezed for more money, knowing what I know. I think this is unethical and deceitful. Also, the woman lives with one of her children and doesn’t have a car payment, credit card bills etc. I feel like they are taking advantage of people by having this benefit. I think it is all in very poor taste. Do you think this is unethical?

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Answer by Tink
That’s sketchy and deceitful.

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3 comments to Unethical Cancer Benefit?

  • formerly_bob

    If the money is going to doctors or other people besides the hospital to cover unpaid expenses, then its ethical. Even if a hospital waives a fee, there could still be unpaid expenses for a oncologist, radiologist, anesthesiologist, and surgeon. All of these docs often bill patients separately from the hospital, so waiving the hospital fees may be only a fraction of the costs.

    If the money will not go toward cancer bills, the benefit is not only unethical, it would be illegal (fraud).

  • imperialpoetpurple

    Even though the surgery removed the cancer, it does not necessarily mean she’s cured. She could very well be under surveillance depending on the type of cancer. A lot depends on the type of cancer and its level of aggression. While raising $ 3000 is good, it’s not enough money to even pay for a CTscan. The raffle could offset some costs ie. medications and office visit fees… but it’s not going far.
    It’s a drop in a very big buckett. My ethical concern is not so much the money being raised, but on how it is being spent. If they are trying to establish an ongoing fund for a specifically identified treatment I’d feel better about it … I don’t know them or the exact situation, so it’s really hard for me to specifically comment. One issue that immediatly comes to mind is her eligibility for medicare/caide
    and how that would be more effective in terms of helping her with living expenses.

  • dan theman

    He is going´╗┐ to UCLA

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