Samaritan membership reaches 250,000

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Praise God, Samaritan was blessed to announce they now have 250,000 members. Considering I am several days late in repeating that announcement I’m sure they are over the 250k mark by this posting. We are so thankful to be part of Samaritan Ministries and have truly enjoyed the experiences we had with sharing needs.

Both of our needs were fully shared. No left over deductible to deal with, no scary copays. The Samaritan dashboard has a number of tools available to members find affordable healthcare and we have found the healthcarebluebook to be extremely helpful to determine what we should be paying for services. It helps us be better shoppers (when possible) and to also make informed decisions about when it may be necessary to pay more (emergencies, level of services offered, staff expertise, etc). The best news is that we’re in charge of our own care instead of an insurance company.

If you want to take back control of your health care and your health care dollars, please look into joining Samaritan Ministries. A quarter million other members can testify to the amazing benefit of this ministry and how blessed we are because of it.

Want to know more? Click here for a free downloadable information packet

 

Check arrived today

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The first check for the need I submitted at the end of January arrived today.

One of the bills we paid with a credit card, and since God’s timing is perfect, today is also the day I planned to pay that credit card bill, to avoid paying any interest on the balance. The money to cover it arrived in my mailbox on the same day. That means no interest needs to be paid on the credit card toward that charge.

I logged into my online Samaritan dashboard and marked that this particular share had been received. It’s such a simple process and so easy to understand. I appreciate that, a lot.

Health care is a mess folks, but I still see Samaritan Ministries as a bright spot in the darkness. Low monthly cost, discounts on the health care we need, support from the ministry and fellow members, and so many tools and resources at our fingertips to use if we need help along the way.

Praise God, my health has improved. While I still have the occasional issue, and we’re not 100% certain of the cause, the treatments I’ve been trying seem to be working. For that I am very grateful. (I’m a big wimp, pain is not something I tolerate well)

Thank you to Samaritan and the members for your prayers, and thank you for being YOU.

 

Deep Discount on Tamiflu Cash Price

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This year’s dangerous flu season got to our house. Our oldest child brought it home and was too sick for school last Friday. Fortunately he only missed one day of school since we got a big winter storm that weekend and kept the kids out of school for a couple extra days. It gave him a chance to recover at home without missing lots of homework. yay, I guess. 😐

Since we caught it early, it was recommended that we get him on Tamiflu. Have you priced that lately? Whoa! Around here it retails for anywhere from $125 to $180 per dose pack, and that’s the generic! Sometimes a doctor will recommend the rest of the family also take it so they can try to prevent getting it themselves. Ok, $125 x 4 of us = $600 for Tamiflu. NOPE.

Here’s what I did. After choking a little bit I turned to my trusty discount drug sources; Samaritan’s discount program available through our member online dashboard and goodrx. Samaritan’s program is really good about getting me prices for my super local non chain pharmacy, which goodrx doesn’t really do (they sort of guestimate and get close most of the time). It’s a tossup which one gives me the best pricing so I like to check them both when prescriptions are needed. Goodrx revealed the cheapest option this time, showing me cash discount prices ranging from $51.94 to over $130! The cash rate of $51.94 was at walmart. When we went to pick up the script the pharmacy tech was concerned about the high cost, because their retail rate is $134. When I mentioned we were using the goodrx app, he ran the codes in his computer and was so surprised to see the price drop down to $51.94, exactly what the app said it would be.

The customer in front of me also used goodrx, and we were able to tell some friends about it who were also facing a huge charge for it. Saving that much money on medicine is a big deal. Normally our meds aren’t very pricey so goodrx will save me a nice $10-$30… but this time it saved me over $80.

I’m sure some insurance patients paid far less than $52 for their Tamiflu (some paid more, too), but they’re also paying huge premiums every month, more than the $495 our Samaritan family share costs. On the whole we are still way ahead on medical expenses compared to having insurance. I’m so thankful for Samaritan and the goodrx app to get us through this flu season without breaking the bank.