Tag Archives: Samaritan Ministries

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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Karis Group’s bill negotiation service saves cancer patient $1 million

I’ve been fortunate enough to meet, talk, and exchange e-mails with a number of people at some great companies and organizations that help self-pay patients obtain affordable care. One of these that stands out is The Karis Group, founded by … 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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Options to bridge gap caused by Obamacare cancellation of health insurance policies

There’s been some news coverage of late over millions of Americans who are receiving letters from their health insurance companies explaining that their current policies are being cancelled effective December 31, primarily as a result of Obamacare’s minimum standards for health insurance. … Continue reading

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Liberty HealthShare: a health sharing ‘ministry’ for all faiths (or no faith at all)!

I’ve discussed healthcare sharing ministries several times since launching The Self-Pay Patient blog. Their benefits of joining are pretty simple to understand – they generally cost far less than conventional health insurance, they provide coverage for medical expenses that is fairly comprehensive … Continue reading

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One family’s experience with a health sharing ministry

I’ve written several times about health sharing ministries, which are voluntary associations of Christians that agree to share each other’s medical bills. Ministries function similar to insurance, but they aren’t regulated the way insurance companies are and they don’t have to … Continue reading

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The Health Co-Op – bundling self-pay services for health sharing ministry

Earlier this month I wrote about Connect2Docs, a company that has bundled telemedicine, health screening, bill negotiation, and a drug discount card into one package, which offers great value to self-pay patients, particularly the uninsured but also those with high-deductible … Continue reading

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Health sharing ministries growing in popularity as Obamacare implementation approaches

I’ve mentioned in the past that health sharing ministries can be attractive options for many uninsured self-pay patients looking for alternatives to standard health insurance plans. A recent article in the Christian Post suggests they may be growing in popularity, and Obamacare might be … Continue reading

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