Biblical Beliefs Apply to All of Life—Including Health Care

Samaritan Ministries Membership Requirements and Guidelines Help Encourage Christian Maturity and a Healthy Lifestyle

December 1, 2020

PEORIA, Ill. —Making health care decisions that best align with Biblical teaching is very important to individuals and families who want to honor God with the way they live every part of their lives. Samaritan Ministries International ( membership requirements and Guidelines are intended to help and encourage their efforts.  

Those membership requirements include regular church attendance, agreeing to abstain from illegal drug and excessive alcohol use and practicing good health measures consistent with accordance with the Biblical teaching that the body of a follower of Jesus Christ is a temple of the Holy Spirit. 

In addition, Samaritan Ministries offers a straightforward membership process that:

  • Offers a simple application process.
  • Enables new members to keep their current physician.
  • Has no network requirements.
  • Does not require a physical for new members.

Katie Wells said joining Samaritan Ministries in 2011 was a game changer. “It was so fun to send a card and a letter personally to a family and pray for them rather than just sending a check to an insurance company,” said Wells, the woman behind the Wellness Mama blog and podcast, when recalling what she enjoyed most after becoming a Samaritan member.

Before becoming a Samaritan member, Wells was regularly frustrated with being trapped in health insurance networks—limited on which providers she could use and what kind of care she could receive. “It was just a cold, detached system that still required a lot of money in deductibles and co-payments,” Wells said.

The Wells family’s first Samaritan need was for an appendectomy for her husband. She was shocked that she was able to negotiate an $88,000 discount on the bill just by paying cash and not using health insurance.

 “What a blessing it was to focus on my family during the time of my husband’s hospital stay and not focus on the bills,” Wells recalled.

When Wells was pregnant with her fifth child, she found out at 37 weeks that the child was breech. After already having an emergency C-section with her third child and a successful VBAC with her fourth child, she did not want to have another cesarean. Because of the freedom she had in being a Samaritan member and choosing her own provider, Wells “fired” her doctor and “hired” a midwife who had experience delivering over 60 breech babies. By God’s grace, her daughter was born safely at home.

“There was no financial worry or dealing with an insurance company,” Wells explained. “And when I called in to let Samaritan know I was pregnant again, there was only rejoicing together and a time of prayer.”

Samaritan Ministries helps more than 272,000 individuals from over 83,000 households obtain health care at a fair price. Through Samaritan’s effective, God-honoring ministry, thisgrowing biblical community shares approximately $30 million in medical needs person-to-person each month. Over the past 26 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $2.3 billion in needs, praying for and encouraging one another with personal notes.

Learn more about Samaritan Ministries International here; visit the Samaritan website at, or follow the ministry on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.