Thursday, January 17, 2013

Free to Share

The Philanthropic Enterprise recently ran an article about Samaritan Ministries, a Christian medical cost-sharing program that I am happy to recommend to you.

In "Free to Share: Non-regulated Health Care Sharing Proves Affordable and Compassionate," Zoe Erler writes,

When SueAnne Bassett learned that she had stage four cervical cancer eight years ago, her doctors gave her a 20 percent chance that she would live five years, and that was with full-blown chemo and radiation treatment. Then she learned about a hospital in Tijuana, Mexico that provided alternative treatment for cancer, and she knew immediately that that’s where she wanted to be treated. Although Georgia natives SueAnne and her husband, Mike, didn’t have health insurance to pay for the specialized treatment, they weren’t worried. They knew their needs would be met.

In 1999, the Bassett family joined Samaritan Ministries, a Christian-based network in which members pay for each other’s health expenses....

I am grateful that the financial crisis, among many other things, has provoked a good conversation among thoughtful Christians, as well as reinvigorated efforts to avoid serving mammon in our financial systems and to start serving our neighbor.

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