I can't believe it. I got a flier in the mail today from medi-share Christian care. They're a group of Christians who share medical bills by all paying into one fund and then paying for medical expenses out of that fund. (That sounds like an insurance plan -- which the American Evangelistic Association say it is not. I think the biggest reason it is not is that the plan is not guaranteed.)
Pooling resources and meeting everyone's needs sounds a whole lot like the early church described in Acts. I guess that's were medi-share gets the 'biblical' part from. (Their website says that Galatians 5:2 -- "Share each other's burdens" is the basis)
But what's this? Inside the flier I found "Good News . . . for Christians only!"
You have to be a Christian to qualify. Because, of course, Christians make the most healthy decisions. (A disclaimer on the site puts it this way: )
"Our Medi-Share members and their healthcare dollars do not subsidize abortions, drug addictions, or any other unbiblical lifestyles that inevitably lead to the premature destruction of the body, mind, and spirit."
Further research reveals:
"Examples of behavior that can lead to non-sharing include, but are not limited to, the use of tobacco in any form, the abuse of drugs including legal drugs such as alcohol, excessive weight gain (weight that exceeds the Medi-Share height/weight standards), and participation in activities with willful disregard for personal safety."
Here's some other things that aren't eligible:
- Routine mammograms
- Routine pap smears
- Routine screening tests and procedures without medical reasons (e.g., colonoscopy without specific symptoms)
- Sterilization or reversals (vasectomy and tubal ligation)
- Surgery (elective) during the first three months of membership
- Veteran Administration care and treatment
- Weight control and management
- Well patient care, for example, annual physicals, routine lab studies, mammography, pap smears and well-baby check ups
- AIDS treatment -- unless it came through transfusions, verifiable rape reported to law enforcement authorities, or contracted in the practice of a health care profession
So these Christians have made a healthcare club where only Christians are allowed, basic healthcare needs are ignored and then they had the gall to call it "biblical."
That makes me ill.
I've discovered that there are a few more organizations that have similar requirements and disclaimers -- though they're not as selfish sounding as the flier I got. In any case -- if you're not a Christian -- you're not allowed. Still completely contrary to the Gospel, eh?