More believers drawn to health care cost-sharing ministries

Altrua HealthShare screen captureDale Bellis, CEO of Liberty Healthshare, a health-care cost sharing ministry, said there is a massive movement of people leaving the care of traditional general practitioners and moving to what he calls direct primary care physicians.

These doctors, who were once known as concierge doctors who treated only the ultra-wealthy, are now making their services available to the general public on a subscription basis. With one flat monthly payment, subscribers can have access to their doctor whenever they need or want.

“Our current system is flawed,” Bellis said. “In American we are focused on sick care, not health care.”

Bellis said he encourages his members to subscribe to these services, which allows the doctor to become more of a health advisor and less like someone who merely treats symptoms. It also allows doctors to re-establish the doctor-patient relationship and treat them as individuals.

Want to find out more about health care cost-sharing ministries? We go further in-depth on this topic in our March print issue.

Nicole Kalil is the Jacksonville-based reporter for the Florida Baptist Witness, the official news source of the Florida Baptist State Convention.

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