Health care costs driving more patients to crowdfunding sites

Michael Stewart endured three months of night sweats, vertigo and weight loss before he finally went to a free health clinic in San Francisco. Blood and urine tests showed nothing, so the clinic staff sent him to San Francisco General Hospital. That?s when the bills began accumulating ? blood test, X-ray, endoscopy, two colonoscopies, two MRIs, two CAT scans and 10 days in intensive care. And the 48-year-old Stewart didn?t have health insurance. The full-time actor was thousands of dollars in debt before he even received his diagnosis: stage three colon cancer.

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Robert Zinn, M.D., Ph.D. is a medical doctor, physician, and web entrepreneur, who, for over 15 years was employed by academic and research institutions and focused his clinical practices on very specialized patient populations, such as those with rare genetic diseases or rare cancers. He shares his knowledge through his website,

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