Samaritan Ministries Adds More Free Telemedicine Resources for Members During COVID-19 Crisis
In Addition to the Free 24/7 Nurse Advice Line and Free ‘Email a Medical Professional’ Resource Already Available to Members, Samaritan Is Waiving the $25 Fee for ‘Call a Doctor’ Through May 31
April 7, 2020
PEORIA, Ill.—Like millions of families around the world, members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in the country, have many questions about the coronavirus pandemic.
Do my symptoms mean I have COVID-19? Should I see a doctor? Should I be tested? With 3 of 4 Americans under stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of coronavirus, and knowing that the patient load at many doctors’ offices, emergency rooms and hospitals may be at or near capacity, Samaritan Ministries is waiving the regular $25 fee for Samaritan members for the “Call a Doctor” service through May 31. The 24/7 Nurse Advice Line and “Email a Medical Professional” resources will continue to be free for Samaritan members.
“We know this is an unprecedented time in our nation’s history, including the health care system,” said Anthony Hopp, Samaritan Ministries’ vice president of external relations. “We want to give our members as many tools as possible to keep them healthy and safe during this pandemic. That includes being informed and being in touch with medical professionals. With the technology our country is blessed with, much of this conversation can be done, as appropriate, via email, online or over the phone. We hope these free tools will give many Samaritan members relief and confidence as they engage in Biblical community with one another by praying, encouraging and sending financial shares to help each other in this challenging time.”
Another resource, not only for Samaritan members but for the general public as well, is Samaritan’s daily Family Health Checkup one-minute radio feature that airs on more than 700 stations nationwide—in all 50 states and in several international markets, reaching millions of listeners. Next week, beginning April 13, Family Health Checkup will air a special five-day series of informative coronavirus-themed programming.
Learn more at familyhealthcheckup.org.
Last week, Samaritan Ministries president and founder Ted Pittenger sent a special message to Samaritan members, not only detailing how the Samaritan staff is committed to serving the more than 82,000 Samaritan member households (270,000-plus individuals) in sharing needs without disruption, but also explaining the telemedicine options available through eDocAmerica on Samaritan members’ online Dashboard.
Resources eDocAmerica offers include:
- Samaritan members who need to talk to someone right away about their medical care, including questions related to COVID-19, can call the free 24/7 Nurse Advice Line. This free telephone call connects members with nurses trained to help them evaluate their health concerns and determine next steps. Nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Members who don’t have an urgent question can use the free “Email a Medical Professional” option. Doctors will be able to answer members’ medical questions, including those related to COVID-19, and help them determine next steps.
- Members who are sick and likely in need of a prescription can use the “Call a Doctor” option to avoid a trip to the doctor’s office. Samaritan Ministries recently announced to members that the regular $25 fee for this service has been waived until May 31.
While communicating these online and phone resources, Pittenger also informed members that if they wish to help other members financially affected by COVID-19, they can visit samaritanministries.org/donate. Would-be member donors will be directed to a secure portal where the “Disaster Relief—Power to Act” fund can be found.
“100% of these donations will go to members who are financially hurting during this extreme time in our nation,” Pittenger told members in the special message. “Your generosity can make a significant difference in the lives of your brothers and sisters in Christ!”
Every month, Samaritan Ministries members pray and send their financial shares directly to other members, along with notes and cards of encouragement, through this effective, God-honoring ministry. Samaritan’s growing Biblical community shares approximately $30 million in medical needs person to person each month. In fact, over the past 25 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared over $1.8 billion in health care needs.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.