With Samaritan Ministries, ‘Now I Have Health Care,’ Member Says
‘Even Though I Had Health Insurance Through Obamacare, I Was Unable to Receive Health Care’
PEORIA, Ill.—Christi from Texas simply could not afford a $450 per month insurance premium that was coupled with a $7,000 deductible.
Today, as a member of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, Christi saves thousands of dollars every year, and “deductibles” don’t exist with health care sharing through Samaritan Ministries.
“Samaritan Ministries is the best thing that has happened to me in a very long time,” she said. “Even though I had health insurance through Obamacare, I was unable to receive health care! Between the monthly premiums and the deductible, I was out-of-pocket $10,000 per year before they would pay a dime.
“If I was ill or needed help, I still could not get care from a doctor because I could not afford $450 a month plus a $7,000 deductible,” Christi added. “Now I have health care! What is even better is that I LOVE writing a check each month to a brother or sister in need. That is much better and more fulfilling personally. It feels like a large Christian family watching out for each other, not a large corporation sucking out all my money with nothing in return. Praise God for the Samaritan family!”
Christi is just one of well over a quarter of a million individual members (82,000-plus member households) of Samaritan Ministries who have experienced dramatic cost savings while also lifting up fellow members through cards of encouragement, personal notes and prayer.
David and Melanie of North Carolina also saw dramatic cost savings when thousands of dollars in medical needs were shared among Samaritan members.
“Our family has saved thousands of dollars on prescriptions and procedures in the past year alone,” they said. “It has been so helpful being able to look up fair market prices. We only wish everyone could be made aware of these things rather than ‘blindly consuming’ medical care. This was our first year to submit needs. What a humble blessing it has been to be on the receiving end.”
Dorothy in Texas hasn’t even submitted any needs to her fellow members yet but has already seen a significant cost savings.
“I completed my first year with Samaritan Ministries,” Dorothy said. “Although I didn’t have any needs—thank you, Jesus—it was a pure privilege and blessing to send my monthly share directly to a sister or brother in Christ in need. And it saved me $600 A MONTH that I was paying an insurance company. I feel confident that when and if I do have a need, it will be met.”
Besides the lowered costs, Karen from Missouri appreciates the freedom and transparency within health care sharing through Samaritan Ministries.
“Samaritan gives us the CHOICE of ANY doctor and hospital we want,” Karen said. “We have been members since 2000 and (the other Samaritan members) have shared over $146,000 in medical bills. This is a conviction to bear one another’s burdens among the brethren, NOT a cold insurance company who decides your care for you. We LOVE it.”
Each month, Samaritan members 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 $29 million in medical needs person-to-person each month. In fact, Samaritan members have shared $1.8 billion in needs since 1997.