Our Samaritan Sharing Experience

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Posted by admin | Posted in Our Need Experience | Posted on 27-02-2017

Our Samaritan need submission experience has been amazing. Not only did we receive all of the shares that were assigned to our surgical need, we received a little extra because one of the members very generously sent about $10 more than they were assigned along with a very nice note. (We are choosing to pass that gift on to someone with a special prayer need next month.) Without a doubt, sharing a need with Samaritan members is an uplifting and joyful process. From start to finish the entire experience has been amazing and it was all done without any insurance company involvement. This experience shows us just how incredibly simple it is to get compassionate, high quality health care without any insurance at all. And it’s all possible by being a member of Samaritan Ministries.

We are still in awe about how EASY this whole process has been. Here’s the list:

  • Paid cash with 50% discount, small enough charge to fit on our credit card
  • We were treated well by friendly people
  • There was basically no wait time to get the consult, testing and surgery done (surgery was scheduled for 3 days after the testing)
  • We paid less (with cash) for the medications than most insurance copays would have charged
  • The itemized bill came quickly and was submitted online to Samaritan (new online submission feature is available now!)
  • We got to make all our own choices with advice from the doctor and no input from a rule bound insurance board
  • Talking to Samaritan was a pleasure and offered none of the frustrations that insurance company’s have given us
  • Had our full need 100% paid for through member shares within 2 1/2 months after the surgery was performed

Here’s what we avoided:

  • Avoided waiting 7-10 days for insurance to approve the surgery
  • Avoided the insurance requirement of working on only one hand at a time, which would have stretched out the entire process by an extra 1-2 months
  • Avoided any scheduling headaches by being forced to do it on someone else’s timeframe
  • Avoided be stuck with a giant deductible (in fact, 100% of the surgery was paid for!)
  • Avoided being charged twice as much for the entire procedure
  • Avoided seeing a bill, an EOB, and a final bill
  • Avoided any potential insurance coding and payment mixups
  • Avoided any extra “out of network” surprise charges

We received 100% of our assigned shares. 98% of funds came right on schedule between the 10th and 20th of the month along with nice cards and notes offering prayers for his healing. 2% of funds (one tiny share) arrived toward the end of the month. Most of them had cards and notes to go with it. We have saved them all as a reminder of God’s blessings.

I have always felt such peace about our Samaritan membership. Having now experienced a medical event and the Samaritan need submission/sharing process first hand only strengthens my confidence about how great this health care sharing ministry is. Yes, we pay for our own checkups, but even those are at a reduced rate with cash discounts. Insurance has its place, but it’s an option that is becoming increasingly unaffordable to many. I am so thankful that our family is walking our health care journey on a different path, a firmer foundation supported by fellow Christians following the ways of Christ. It has been a path of prayer, peace and comfort, freedom and joy, and incredible financial support. It amazes me how I (we) had come to accept the frustrations and large expenses associated with insurance as just being “normal” and “nothing we can do about it”. Doing healthcare the Samaritan way truly feels like chains being broken and coming out from under a crushing financial rock. I know that sounds over the top, but it’s entirely true. I wish everyone could experience how freeing it is to get health care with full support. To get bills paid quickly and without stress. To pay so little each month for the privilege of helping others achieve that same health care freedom. I wish we had found it sooner. 🙂 God bless Samaritan Ministries and its members. Thank You.

Checks are coming in!

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Posted by admin | Posted in Our Need Experience | Posted on 13-02-2017

The need we submitted in December for my husband’s surgery was shared this month with other members. Checks are arriving! It’s so fun to see what states members are in (4 so far; GA, TN, FL, and AZ). It’s amazing to think that his surgery was only 2 months and 5 days ago. Since we got the bill sent to us and submitted online right away, sharing is super fast. According to the post office stamp on each envelope mail is taking 3-4 days to reach us. That’s not bad. And they’re coming in a couple each day so it’s very easy to manage the list and get it recorded online who has sent us their share. I can see the full list of everyone’s name that was assigned to our need. We could confirm receipt through our online Samaritan account or on paper and mail it in. Either way it’s very simple.

I am SO THANKFUL for Samaritan. We feel so blessed to be a part of this ministry and know that these families are sharing our burden and praying for complete healing. It works! I knew it would because of how well it worked for friends of ours, but it’s still so amazing to have that confirmed for our own need. I plan to take a picture of the cards/checks to put with this post at a later date. Going to the mailbox is such a joy. I don’t have much else to add besides, “wow”. Thank You Lord.

What Members Say…

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Posted by admin | Posted in Member Letters | Posted on 07-01-2017

letter“I was blessed by those who were willing to give to my Special Prayer Need. I pray that God would bless each one of them. I see now how my small amount can end up blessing someone in a very big way. I am very thankful.” – Anna in Washington

“God has blessed us through people we have never met. Even though they don’t know us, they are praying for my husband’s healing. He has never had to have any medical treatment before, but was pretty shaken up with this kidney stone. We were given peace and comfort knowing that so many were praying for him. This ministry is a great way to share our medical needs as we look to Jehovah Rapha, our Healer. It is He that binds us all together.” – Dave in Wyoming

“We can hardly find the words to thank all of you for helping us through our recent medical emergency with our daughter. It was truly amazing to see the Body of Christ surround us with prayer, words of encouragement, and financial support. This was our first exerpeicne having a need shared and we wre so blessed by the staff, too! We are truly grateful to be part of this ministry with all of you. Our daughter is doing great! Through the process we learned so much about our local medical system. We were able to save a lot of money by just making a few phone calls to the doctors and hospital. Most of them have a discount for cash payment. It saved us thousands of dollars. We were active in asking questions, too, which prevented several unnecessary procedures from being routinely performed, and our daughter was especially grateful for this. It also saved us thousands of dollars! The whole experience was unnerving but we will be far more prepared should another medical emergency arise. Although we prefer to be sending shares instead of receiving them, we are so grateful for the prayers and assistance. We are praising God for His faithfulness.” – Scott in Michigan

“Saul and I are so thankful to the Lord. First of all, I am thankful that Saul’s knee has healed completely – we don’t even think of it anymore. What a blessing have work to do, and then to be able to do it. I am so thankful. Next, I am so thankful for Samaritan members. We had insurance for 15 years and never had much help with any bills. And now, with Samaritan our largest bill is paid in full, thanks to the shares we received. What a relief and a blessing. I am so thankful to be part of Samaritan Ministries. May the Lord continue to use this ministry to encourage many.” – Jennifer in Nebraska