Category Archives: Health Sharing Ministries

Media catching on to growth and popularity of sharing ministries

I’ve seen a couple of stories in the past few days suggesting that the media is becoming aware of health care sharing ministries as an alternative to conventional health insurance. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody familiar with … Continue reading

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Guest Post: The Benefits of Joining The Health Co-Op & Samaritan Ministries

Guest post by Thad Puckett of The Karis Group  Since my family and I made the decision to leave an old paradigm called health insurance for a liberating paradigm called health care sharing, it seems as if I’ve had more … Continue reading

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February notes from The Self-Pay Patient

As I mentioned in early January, this is the busy time for my other work (the kind that pays), so blogging here at The Self-Pay Patient isn’t going to be quite as frequent as in the past. I’m aiming for … Continue reading

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The Self-Pay Patient book – corrections, clarifications, & comments, Part 1 of ?

One of the problems with writing and publishing a book is that, unlike a blog, you can’t really go back and make corrections or clarify something, or add something that you realize really should have been included after the book … Continue reading

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Self-pay options for immigrants (legal or illegal)

Self-pay patients are by no means a homogenous group  – some are uninsured, others have high-deductible health insurance or even more comprehensive coverage that covers most costs (so long as they stay in-network and the insurer decides covers the treatment, … Continue reading

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Odds & Ends

Today’s blog post is a bit different, a collection of items that don’t necessarily justify a full blog post or that represent some sort of ‘housekeeping’ item that I wanted to bring to my readers’ attention. Without further ado, here … Continue reading

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Two Gall Bladders, a Paradigm, and a Sharing Ministry

Guest post: Thad Puckett, The Health Co-Op* What A Difference A Share Makes – How Insurance Fails Most of us are convinced that if not for insurance we would all be dead tomorrow. Politicians have been telling us that for … Continue reading

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Make that FIVE sharing ministries…

I’ve mentioned and explained health care sharing ministries several times in the past, and when I discuss alternatives to conventional health insurance they are usually the first thing I mention. To summarize the key benefits of these voluntary organizations of … Continue reading

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How to Opt Out of Obamacare

December has arrived, and the deadline to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare, of course) that will be effective January 1 is looming large. Recent press accounts suggest the online exchanges are working … Continue reading

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Health care sharing ministry members share their experiences

One of the things I emphasize to people is that being an uninsured self-pay patient doesn’t mean having no coverage at all in the event of a major medical catastrophe, it can just mean not having conventional health insurance. There … Continue reading

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