It’s ‘Nothing Short of Amazing,’ Says One Member
October 27, 2020
PEORIA, Ill. — Members of one leading health care sharing ministry have a tremendous advantage: They know they can choose the health care they think best for their families plus have access to the clearest information about the costs of that care.
Members of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org) are better able to make informed decisions about doctors, hospitals, and surgeries because they have access to Healthcare Bluebook, a valuable online health care shopping tool. Available to Samaritan members without cost to them, this resource lists patient and skill ratings for doctors and shows clear price comparisons for procedures and surgeries, thus bringing enormous value by helping members choose the care they believe is best.
“This experience has been nothing short of amazing,” one member told Samaritan. “Jami and Vincent of Healthcare Bluebook concierge found an excellent surgeon and facility for me and arranged for payment prior to the procedure. They also helped with finding a reasonably priced doctor and facility for the pre-op testing I needed. … I can’t recommend Bluebook CareConnect highly enough. They took all the worry and work out of having to go through something like this.”
“I am two weeks on the other side of surgery and cancer-free,” another member shared. “I’ve been moved to tears more than once thinking of, and am thankful for, Samaritan Ministries and Healthcare Bluebook. It’s truly health care with the heart of Jesus.”
Stark differences between free-market health care and socialized medicine are, of course, a hot topic right now—and, as many know, socialized medicine does not allow for competition. It’s government-run health care devoid of the motivation to offer the best-quality care or to negotiate prices. Samaritan and Healthcare Bluebook have a better way to bring excellence and competition to the practice of medicine.
“Ten minutes spent on Healthcare Bluebook allows you to check out hospitals in your area to see quality ratings and see which ones tend to offer better prices,” Samaritan’s Christian Health Care Newsletter reported recently. “Armed with knowledge, you will be in a better position to make decisions if you are talking to your doctor about the possibility of going to the hospital.”
The Trump administration’s policies are friendly to health care sharing ministries—and it has made price transparency a priority. Last November, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order to improve price and quality transparency. Though the American Hospital Association sued to block the order, a federal court upheld it. Price transparency requirements are set to take effect on January 1, 2021—and, when that happens, the consumer empowerment already offered to Samaritan members through Healthcare Bluebook will surge.
The Lord is clearly working through Samaritan Ministries for the health and well-being of all its members and staff. Samaritan explains that Dr. Jeff Rice founded Healthcare Bluebook in 2007 after a startling discovery when his own son needed minor foot surgery.
“One provider was charging $15,000 for the surgery and another was charging $1,500—10 times less—for the exact same surgery,” Samaritan said in its September newsletter. “Dr. Rice recognized that providers were concealing pricing information from patients and using deceptive billing practices, so he wanted to level the playing field by gathering data that would allow patients to compare providers, forcing them to compete for their business.”
Like the way in which people consult Kelley Blue Book for auto market values, Samaritan members are increasingly turning to Healthcare Bluebook for side-by-side quality and price comparisons. An internal Samaritan study even revealed that Healthcare Bluebook found savings opportunities equal to $1,468,275 in 108 out of 122 medical visits.
To encourage the continued practice of financial wisdom in health care, Samaritan is rewarding its 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.”
Unlike participants in health care plans and networks, Samaritan members enjoy patient-physician relationships and freedom—and they’re unencumbered by third parties. Further advantages include personal contact with doctors, direct-pay arrangements, and exemptions from government mandates, insurance regulations, and obscure insurance policies.
Samaritan Ministries helps more than 272,000 individuals from over 83,000 households obtain health care at fair prices. 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 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.