Samaritan Ministries Members See Firsthand the Difference a Christian Doctor Makes
Christian Doctors Have a Higher Authority Than the Hippocratic Oath
PEORIA, Ill.—As some medical professionals and organizations change their standards regarding the value of human life, an increasing number of conscientious, Bible-believing Christians have difficulty finding a physician who shares their Biblical convictions.
But the 78,000-plus households, with more than a quarter of a million individual members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, have the freedom to choose any doctor they wish, outside of networks and insurance requirements.
In their search, many find doctors who share their faith in Jesus Christ—and for good reason.
Dr. Rod Story, a physician and Samaritan Ministries member, says Christian doctors have a stricter standard because they believe they are accountable to a higher authority. Even Hippocrates, the ancient pagan physician for whom today’s medical oath is named, “knew that the oath he took he could not keep on his own,” Story told Samaritan Ministries.
“He had to be beholden to, in his case, what he thought was God,” he said. “In our case, we know the one true God who will keep us accountable for the way that we treat our brothers and sisters, and the way we behave like the Good Samaritan, the way that we show concern for the widows and orphans.
“(Christian physicians) are running in difficult circles,” he adds, “where it may be increasingly difficult for believers to continue practicing medicine. Yet I think it’s worthwhile being salt and light.”
Dr. Story left the hospital where he was employed because of conscience issues and policies that went against his faith. In 2018, he opened his own direct primary care (DPC) practice in Idaho. Biblical teachings informing his ethical standards led him to make this important decision.
With 400 patients, Dr. Story’s practice is growing, perhaps because there is a “remarkable number of Christians who are seeking answers to their physical ailments outside of the (traditional) medical profession,” he says.
Each month, Samaritan’s growing Biblical community shares about $27 million in medical needs person-to-person. In fact, from 2007 through 2017, Samaritan Ministries members shared $1.2 billion in health care needs.
While sending monthly financial shares directly to other member families, these members also pray and send notes and cards of encouragement through this effective, affordable and God-honoring ministry. For the 23 years of Samaritan Ministries’ existence, the monthly financial share has never exceeded $495 for a family of any size and is even less for couples and singles.
Samaritan Ministries offers two membership levels: Samaritan Classic and Samaritan Basic. Samaritan Basic has a lower monthly share coupled with a higher initial unshared amount than Samaritan Classic. This gives both present and future members two options for choosing what they believe is best for their families—and their budgets. Monthly shares for Samaritan Basic start as low as $100 for one person, $200 for two people and $250 for a family of any size, depending on age. Some guidelines differ between Samaritan Basic and Samaritan Classic; contact Samaritan Ministries for details or visit this link.