How much would you pay to keep me from making more babies?
August 1, 2012 5:24 PM Subscribe
Is there a website I could use to find anonymous donors to help pay for my vasectomy?
posted by tacodave to health & fitness (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have five kids. Although I think they are amazing and wouldn't trade any of them for the world, I do not want to have any *more* kids. Five is plenty. My wife agrees.
I scheduled a vasectomy, assuming my health insurance would help pay for it, and was all psyched up to get it done, but was surprised to find out that my insurance covers 0% of this procedure because it is considered elective. (Never mind the fact that adding more kids to my family plan costs me $0 more, so the insurance company will lose money if I have more kids...)
I called the doctor to discuss my upcoming appointment and found out that it costs $998 and the money is due up-front. I don't have that kind of money and can't think of anything I could sell to raise that much, so my wife got a 5-year IUD to keep us child-free for the time being.
Having said all of that, does anyone know of a site - like Kickstarter - that would allow me to crowdsource funds for something like this? I haven't heard of anything like it, and my rudimentary searches haven't turned up anything either. It's pretty unlikely that anyone would be willing to donate money for someone else's elective procedure, but it's possible, right?
Also, would this be ethical? I am responsible for my own actions and can certainly use other methods to keep from having children, but most contraceptives have drawbacks that keep me from using them. A semi-permanent solution - like this surgery - would be ideal.