Samaritan Ministries Members Directly Shared More Than $1.5 Billion in Medical Needs Over 10 Years
Members Phillip and Rachelle Say, ‘Without Samaritan Ministries, We Would Have Been Drowning in Medical Bills’
PEORIA, Ill.—For nearly 25 years, members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org) have supported and prayed for one another in both challenging times and joyous celebrations. The personal notes and cards that members send directly to other Samaritan families are invaluable and truly distinguish Samaritan Ministries from other health care sharing ministries.
At the same time, these 82,000 member households (270,000 individuals) share approximately $29 million in medical needs every month through this direct-sharing, affordable and effective God-honoring model of health care. In fact, in the 10-year period from 2009 through 2018, Samaritan members shared over $1.5 billion in health care needs.
Samaritan Ministries members say they are “happily uninsured” as they enjoy the many advantages of health care sharing.
“Our members tell us time and again that they appreciate the transparency aspect of health care sharing,” said Anthony Hopp, vice president of external relations for Samaritan Ministries, “which allows them to take real ownership of their health care and research the best prices in their community, reducing the financial burden for all Samaritan members. They also enjoy freedom from restrictive networks so they can choose the best doctors, care options and facilities for their families. Receiving shares directly from fellow members to pay for medical expenses is a life-changing and emotionally comforting experience, and sending shares to other members personally is a gratifying experience as well.”
Jeff from Minnesota said his family discovered Samaritan Ministries three years ago but wishes he would have become a member 20 years ago.
“We have wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years on health insurance,” Jeff said. “NEVER GOING BACK!”
Phillip and Rachelle in Colorado say they are thankful that all their medical needs have been shared.
“There has been a lot that happened in the last year and, without Samaritan Ministries, we would have been drowning in medical bills,” they said.
Jason and Heather in Texas say they love being a part of Samaritan Ministries.
“Being able to come alongside other members in their time of need is a rewarding experience,” they said. “Having others come alongside our family in our time of need helps us feel God’s love and support for us and reminds us that we are all in this together!”
David of Washington said his prostate cancer surgery was emotionally and physically very difficult.
“But the cards and prayers from other members and the ease of the financial negotiations were huge blessings to me and my family,” David said.
Darla in Missouri is also thankful to be on both the giving and receiving ends.
“I have sincerely appreciated the opportunity Samaritan Ministries has given us to encourage other brothers and sisters in Christ in their times of medical needs,” Darla said. “We count it a privilege to pray for needs of other members and do our part to bear their burden financially.”
Karen of Illinois said she was “extremely sick this past year and spent the majority of many months in bed and then in a wheelchair at home for several more months.”
“The help from Samaritan members was incalculable in lifting the financial burden, and their prayers and cards lifted my spirit and took the edge off the loneliness,” Karen said. “I am so grateful for God’s love and encouragement shown by these brothers and sisters in Christ.”