Samaritan Ministries' "Ancient Care"
Front Porch Republic's Zoe Erler on the "Christian-based network in which members pay for each other’s health expenses" and whose "members are exempted from the new federal health care law" — Free to Share. An excerpt:
- According to James Lansberry, executive vice president, Samaritan was birthed out of the idea that there is a fundamental difference between “health care” and “health insurance,” although the terms tend to be used interchangeably in today’s vernacular.
“Insurance is only 75 years old. Health care is as old as humankind,” Lansberry explains.
Samaritan is built around the belief that health insurance is not a prerequisite for quality, effective and compassionate medical care. For instance, free clinics around the country have been offering quality medical care for decades to those who can’t afford insurance.
By removing the middle man of insurance, Samaritan eliminates the need for hefty premiums (minus a moderate fee to cover the organization’s overhead) and connects people who help cover each other’s health care expenses directly.