An Ethical and Affordable Way to Pay for Medical Costs
The modern medical cost sharing movement was developed by a small group of Christians to practically demonstrate how to live in solidarity with one another as it relates to health care. The tradition of health cost sharing has been practiced for decades. In the early 1980s, a pastor in Ohio had a tragic auto accident. Those who knew of his ministry to alcoholics and drugs addicts came to his aid. Within 45 days, all his medical bills were paid in full because of the compassion and caring of fellow Christians. That pastor went on to begin the first health cost sharing ministry of its kind in modern times. Solidarity HealthShare follows that tradition of making Christian health cost sharing affordable, available, and committed to the common good. “To desire the common good and strive towards it is a requirement of justice and charity.” (Caritas in Veritate, 7)
Pope John XXIII addressed in his encyclical Mater et Magistra the vast field for personal charity which would absolutely include health cost sharing. He wrote: “Tragic situations and urgent problems of an intimate and personal nature are continually arising which the State with all its machinery is unable to remedy or assist. There will always remain, therefore, a vast field for the exercise of human sympathy and the Christian charity of individuals. We would observe, finally, that the efforts of individuals, or of groups of private citizens, are definitely more effective in promoting spiritual values than is the activity of public authority.” (Mater et Magistra, 120)
Solidarity HealthShare seeks to restore and rebuild an authentic Catholic health care system that will, in every way, respect and promote the Church’s teachings and traditions with regard to love, responsibility and the sanctity of all human life while endeavoring to share the eligible medical expenses of our members. Solidarity HealthShare is a health cost sharing ministry of an existing group, Melita Christian Fellowship Hospital Aid Plan, that has been sharing costs since 1977.
Solidarity HealthShare is a member of the National Coalition of Healthcare Sharing (NCHCSM) Ministries. The leadership team of the National Coalition was there when the movement began in the early 1980s, and they have nearly thirty years of experience in facilitating cost-sharing. It now lends its expertise to bring the same cost-sharing methods enjoyed by thousands of Christian families to their brothers and sisters in Christ who practice the Catholic faith. Through Solidarity HealthShare, the opportunity to share medical expenses is open to anyone who professes Catholic beliefs and values.