I received notice today that our Health Sharing Ministry Christian Medi-Share had approved a $55000 bill from UT Southwestern for the first phase of my radiation treatments
What this means is my expense will now be shared with Medi-Share’s 200,000 members.
Medi-Share is NOT insurance. It’s a sharing ministry. I pay to support others and they pay to support me when we all need it.
None of us is as strong as all of us.
I can’t imagine a better example of this. As of today I estimate my total cost on this cancer journey to be well in excess of $100,000. Between wacky provider pricing, discounts etc you literally have NO IDEA what you’ve signed up for when you really need care. It’s so messed up.
When I checked in for surgery I asked “how much is this going to cost”? The answer was “would you like to speak with a financial counselor?” Oh and please sign this form accepting full responsibility for yet undefined and un-described liability.
Thank you sir now you can proceed to this life saving surgery that you need.
Wait! What have I signed up for? I have no idea. Would you buy a house for some unknown cost? A car? Anything? Nope. Yet this is exactly what we do now when we get healthcare under duress.
All I can say is thanks be to God for the protective layer of insurance and medical sharing ministries like Medi-Share.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
I am so grateful I don’t know where to start. Maybe I’ll start with tomorrow.