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WOW. Woman's heart transplant rejected by a hospital because they didn't believe she could handle the costs of immunosuppression drugs. They told her to GOFUNDME. @#$#$% #drugprices https://t.co/fnZUCbcJ93
— Juliana Keeping (@julianakeeping) April 10, 2019
After rejecting a 60-year-old woman’s request for a heart transplant for lack of “a more secure financial plan,” Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health recommended that she start a $10,000 fundraiser to come up with the money, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
The recommendation came via a Nov. 20 letter from a nurse with Spectrum Health’s Heart & Lung Specialized Care Clinics. In the letter, the nurse told Hedda Martin of Grand Rapids that the multidisciplinary heart transplant committee determined she is “not a candidate at this time for a heart transplant due to needing more secure financial plan for immunosuppresive medication coverage.”
Immunosuppresive drugs help prevent a person’s body from rejecting a new heart or other transplanted organ. The nurse also told Ms. Martin the transplant committee “is recommending a fundraising effort of $10,000.”
The letter was reportedly posted on social media by the patient, sparking backlash from some commentators over the committee’s decision. According to the report, some commentators on Twitter compared the committee to a “death panel.”
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