The number of people who have donated medical equipment to help people who are in need has surged over the last decade, with many people thinking of it as a “second-rate” way to donate.
But many are now asking why.
The story of the medical equipment donation trend, the rise and fall of medical equipment, and what to do if you don’t want to donate to charity has been well documented in recent years.
A study published in the journal PLoS One by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the amount of donations to medical charities had grown from $11 billion in 2011 to $17.7 billion in 2017.
The total amount donated to medical aid organizations grew from $7.3 billion in 2009 to $12.2 billion in 2016, while the number of donations by individuals went from 9.6 million in 2009, to 20 million in 2017, to 27 million in 2019.
In the US, donations of medical devices totaled $14.9 billion in 2018.
That’s up from $12 billion in 2010.
A growing number of charities are offering to match donations, with an average of $8,800 matched per donation.
“It is important to understand the reasons behind this trend, but also to be aware of the consequences of not doing so,” said Jody K. Buss, a research associate at the Bloomberg School and the lead author of the PLoS One study.
It is unclear how much of this rise in medical donation is due to the growing number and severity of diseases and other life-threatening conditions that make it difficult to work and donate to a medical charity.
One thing is certain, however: It is no longer a second-rate way to give.
As one of the authors of the study, Dr. Matthew T. Davis, said in a statement, “This study suggests that medical donations are now a valid and effective way to support people in need.
While we have yet to understand why people are so interested in donating medical items, the evidence is clear: medical donations have become an important way to help those in need.”
The study was funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and the Johns and Columbia universities.