Why SMI? Dr. Thomas Kendall says health care sharing through Samaritan is good stewardship

Michael Miller  ·  Nov 22, 2019

Being a member of Samaritan Ministries is good stewardship, Dr. Thomas Kendall Sr. says.

The Greenville, South Carolina, primary care physician and his practice partner, Dr. Richard Kemmerlin, both had health insurance, but “the return on those premiums was zero because we were healthy doctors and we were not requiring it.”

“We just said, ‘That’s not very wise, that’s not very good stewardship,’ so we looked into Samaritan Ministries, and it has fulfilled our expectations wonderfully.”

Dr. Kendall needed Shares when he contracted viral conjunctivitis from a patient in 2017.

“It resulted in my inability to see for two to three days and my inability to operate in my office for two weeks, and for a year I had distorted vision,” Dr. Kendall says.

Because one of his eye ducts was affected, he had problems with drainage in his left eye, he says, so a drain was put into it.

“I’ve had complete success and all of the fees and charges were dealt with in a very wonderful way,” he says. “Just this weekend, I said to my wife, Janice, ‘I thank God I can see.’”

The 69-year-old doctor also appreciates the freedom that Samaritan Ministries provides its members to make their own decision about Medicare and other third-party providers.

“That’s the right principle, the right ethic,” he says, “rather than depending on the third party that is not interested in doing anything but controlling.”

He has personally advocated Samaritan Ministries to many of his patients “and tried to direct them away from the insurance idea because, again, the insurance companies are not really interested in their well-being.”

“I personally believe that Samaritan is a gift of God to the Church,” he says.

Dr. Thomas Kendall makes patient-physician relationship a priority