Tag Archives: Christian Healthcare Ministries

Altrua Qualifies for Obamacare Exemption

It’s been so long since I posted here I’m sure a few of you wondered if I’d been hit by a bus, kidnapped by the insurance companies, or just lost interest. Fortunately the answer to all of these is ‘no,’ … Continue reading

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A new(ish) health care sharing ministry for Catholics!

***UPDATE BELOW*** I’ve been touting health care sharing ministries for quite some time, pretty much since I launched The Self-Pay Patient blog back in August 2013. The concept is pretty simple – individuals and families voluntarily agree to pay one … Continue reading

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Medical bill negotiators in the spotlight on ABC News

The other night Michelle Katz was on ABC News describing how a family that had been hit with a $50,000 bill for what seems to have been a normal c-section birth was able to use a medical bill negotiator to … Continue reading

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Health sharing ministry members refute critics

Last week I wrote about the fine article in the Washington Post featuring people who had decided to opt-out of Obamacare, with a focus on those who had joined health sharing ministries. I also noted that many of the comments … Continue reading

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Health insurance market closed to most, now what?

As a general rule I try not to discuss Obamacare (officially the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or PPACA) here on The Self-Pay Patient blog. I have plenty of other outlets to share my views on that law, and … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Critical Illness, Accident, & Fixed Benefit Insurance, Health Sharing Ministries, Medical Tourism, Negotiating Medical Bills, Prescription Drugs | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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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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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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

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Cash-Only Doctors, Convenient Care Clinics, Critical Illness, Accident, & Fixed Benefit Insurance, Direct Care Practice, Health Sharing Ministries, Medical Tourism, Negotiating Medical Bills, Price Transparency, Short-term health insurance, Telemedicine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

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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