Friday, March 14, 2008

'Faith care' will probably be killed on the operating table

In spite of 1-crusading progressives who want to kill private health care, 2-power hungry regulators who don't believe people can make decisions about their own welfare without bureaucratic "oversight", and 3-large insurance companies that would like to regulate their competition out of business, faith based health ministries have survived. How much longer? It will be an uphill battle. Medi-Share and Christian Healthcare are mentioned in the article.

Wendy Sweet rarely visits the doctor. But in October, after Blue Cross Blue Shield increased her family's monthly health insurance premium to $1,150, she sure felt like she needed one.

Sweet, 46, owns South Street Mortgage. As a small business owner, she has no one to help offset her health care costs.

So Sweet joined a small but growing number of people enrolled in faith-based alternatives to health insurance.

The Sweets are new members of Christian Care Medi-Share, a charitable ministry that collects monthly contributions and disburses them among members to pay medical bills. For $459 a month, the family receives help on costs greater than $250, up to $1million.

"We feel like this protects us in case of catastrophic events," the Charlotte mother of three said. "We can cover the other stuff with the money we save."

In a decade in which premiums have nearly doubled and the number of uninsured has grown from 38 million to 47 million, many people are searching for help.