Medical Expenses, Samaritan Ministries and the Frugal Life
Watching Husband scanning the hospital bill I wonder if it is wise to be given a hospital bill two days after a heart attack. Husband handled the bill well even though amazed at the charges. I was most grateful to know that we are members of Samaritan Ministries and that other members would be making contributions to help us pay this medical bill. Husband's comments on the astronomic charge for the heart catherization he received made me realize the amount charged would be about a whole year's salary for our family.
The call had come in the afternoon. Firstborn Son's voice was calm and sober. He shared that he had received a call at work and Youngest Son and he were on their way to take Husband to a medical clinic. Husband had not been feeling well for some time. Because of similar issues in the past which had been deemed digestive after some cardio tests had proved negative, we had been treating Husband for digestive issues. More than likely the tests had not been as indepth as they should have been and the clinic saw that Husband had had a heartattack at some point in the past. My second call informed me that Husband would be on his way to the emergency room.
After a heart catherization and two new stents, Husband is feeling much better. We are so grateful the Lord allowed him to get to the hospital before a massive heartattack took place. Husband's relative good health and life of physical activity has stood him well and his recovery looks good. The prayers and support of family and friends have been such a blessing.
Not "pill people" Husband and I are adjusting to his new medications. After things stabilize and with good counsel, we hope to find some more natural products for his needs. For now though, we have joined those seeking to find the best costs for medications. A new category has been added to our budget. I am grateful for some catagories with extra funds so adding this new category should not "hurt" too much.
Also we are so grateful that our membership in Samaritan should provide most of the costs of our bill. Samaritan Ministries is not an insurance plan and does not guaranty payment of your medical bills. Yet our experience of the faithfulness of God's people to share in the medical costs of others gives us much hope our bill will be paid quickly. The hospital offered us a 65% discount for prompt payment. We hope to be able to work this out.
If anyone would be interested in more information regarding Samaritan Ministries, please click on the advertisement on the Frugalhacks site. This is a ministry that would be for those professing Christ as Savior. Kimc who owns this blog will benefit if any should choose to join. Samaritan offers a month's rebate on any referrals made. Kimc I am sure would appreciate this blessing if you click through on this site. Just think, where else can you find such a deal? Bills paid, fellow members committed to prayer for your needs and the opportunity to save the amount of your monthly share if someone you refer to Samaritan joins as well.
For those who prayed for our drought and we then received glorious spring rains, any prayer for Husband's heart to bounce back quickly would be appreciated!