Why SMI? There is beauty in health care sharing

Michael Miller  ·  Nov 29, 2017

Samaritan Ministries health care sharing is a “gift” from the school at which Steve Turley teaches, he says.

“When I began teaching at Tall Oaks Classical School back in 2002, they didn’t offer health insurance, and quite deliberately,” he says. “They offered Samaritan. It was new to me. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous about it. I’d never done anything like this, never heard about it. It turned out to be one of the best gifts we have ever received as a family.”

The Turleys have found a “virtual community that encourages and supports one another” in Samaritan.

“I’ll never forget when we opened a need after my oldest son, Richard, broke his foot,” Steve says. “We received a number of cards addressed to him personally from Christians all across the country. They were encouraging him with assurances of prayer for a speedy recovery, and he read every single one.”

One of Steve’s emphases in teaching is beauty, and he has found it in health care sharing.

“I can’t tell you how beautiful it was to share with him, my son, as normative the love of Christians he never even met, to know he belongs to a kingdom of citizens that love him and pray for him, and this is what they get through health care sharing.”

Steve also sees health care sharing as “lowering prices across the board by encouraging these discounts from doctors who don’t have to deal with insurance companies.”

“Discounts and price-shopping significantly lower the price of health care,” he says. “And what do you know: now more people can afford it.

“It’s beautiful in every way imaginable.”