It is important to note that issues of conscience seem to be an important factor driving participation in health care sharing ministries. Ministries do not allow for sharing expenses that are explicitly outside of the value system, such abortion procedures. … Though HCSMs are not a panacea for all the issues of the U.S. health care system, they provide an avenue to empower patients to use their own health care dollars wisely, receive affordable care, and maintain the freedom to voluntarily “bear one another’s burden.”
[Ed. Note: Stephanie Hinds, MS3 and BRI-St. Louis University chapter leader, graduated from UC Berkeley in 2012 with a BS in Molecular Environmental Biology. Stephanie strongly believes that financial health and autonomy for both physicians and patients is just as imperative as mental and physical health. She hopes to manage her own primary care clinic based on free market principles with […]
[Ed. Note: On March 21, 2017, The Indiana Star ran an article by Dr. Richard Feldman on healthcare economics. Dr. Feldman is an Indianapolis family physician and former Indiana health commissioner.] Dr. Richard Feldman’s article “Feldman: Economics Principles Don’t Apply to Healthcare” speaks to the frustrations many of us experience regarding healthcare; like high prices, high […]
My interactions with like-minded peers and experts who are working to return “joy” to the profession have given me the confidence to express my viewpoints with other physicians who may have different world views. I now have a network of physicians and fellow residents with whom I can discuss entrepreneurial or policy ideas. I truly loved getting to know the staff and BRI students across the country. I had such a wonderful experience and hope to pay it forward in the future. I urge medical students to please stay involved as residents, keep your email updated and maintain your BRI membership. As more students graduate there will be a greater role for resident mentorship as well as ways to focus on our own professional development.
In Nigeria, we have generally been taught to believe that out of pocket payments are archaic, and insurance is the best way to access healthcare. I was quite surprised to find out that a group of physicians in the United States were going back to a semblance of this “archaic” model, and I was interested in learning about what they were doing.