Pittenger: HCSMs Seek Fair Pricing for Members and Freedom from Middlemen and Bureaucratic Obstacles
September 30, 2020
ST. PAUL, Minn. —Ted Pittenger, Founder and President of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), a leading health care sharing ministry, recently presented 11 reasons health care sharing through Samaritan is attracting more members as the keynote speaker for the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom annual fundraiser event on September 24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“Freedom is a huge feature of Health Care Sharing, and a great connection we share with Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom,” Pittenger said.
A determined defender of patient privacy, CCHF advocates for the freedom of patients and doctors from government and third-party-payer interference. The CCHF event, titled “The Exciting World of Health Care Sharing,” featured Samaritan as both an exemplary model of Biblical health care sharing and a champion of free-market medicine.
“Health care sharing ministries are about more than just paying medical expenses,” Pittenger said. “We attempt to care for the whole person. Health care sharing ministries work on behalf of their members to secure discounts and fair pricing in this age when transparency in medical service pricing is almost non-existent.”
Members of Samaritanand other health care sharing ministries enjoy patient-physician relationships and freedom unencumbered by third-parties. Some advantages Pittenger listed include personal contact between a patient and physician, direct-pay arrangements, and exemptions from government mandates, insurance regulations, and obscure insurance policies.
Samaritan members also save themselves and each other hundreds or thousands of dollars per health care need by consulting Healthcare Bluebook before receiving treatment. Similar to consulting Kelley Blue Book for market values when car shopping, Samaritan members are increasingly turning to Healthcare Bluebook for side-by-side quality and price comparisons.
Pittenger highlighted just one example of how price transparency can drive down health care costs. An internal study revealed that Healthcare Bluebook found savings opportunities equal to $1,468,275 in 108 out of 122 medical visits.
To encourage members to practice good stewardship in health care, for the remainder of 2020 Samaritan is rewarding members with $250 per health care need for demonstrating that they obtained health care from a facility Healthcare Bluebook rates as a “fair-price provider.”
President Trump has been friendly to health care sharing ministries through his executive order requiring health care providers to “publically post standard charge information.” Though the American Hospital Association challenged the order, a federal judge recently sided with President Trump.
Now a leader in helping more than 273,000 individuals from more than 83,000 households obtain health care at fair prices, Samaritan had humble beginnings.
“What started out as a mom-and-pop family business, in a small office in one corner of a remodeled chicken coop, has grown to more than 400 employees, serving members in every state, as well as in several foreign countries,” Pittenger said.
Through Samaritan’s effective, God-honoring ministry, thisgrowing Biblical community shares approximately $30 million in medical needs person-to-person each month. In fact, over the past 26 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared more than $2.3 billion in needs, praying and encouraging one another with notes along the way.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.