It was totally empty on a Sunday afternoon. The kind Physician's Assistant even stayed through lunch to help us!! For $59 + an $8 test we received exactly what we needed, at just the right time. Oh, thank you, Lord God of all.
Crazy town. I tell you, the Lord is kind to us.
6. If you're a Christian, take advantage of a healthcare cost-sharing ministry.
Thankfully, our costs were so low we didn't need to ask for financial help, but if our visit to the doctor had totaled over $500, we could have used our membership to Christian Healthcare Ministries to help cover the costs. We give $345/month to other Christian families in our ministry to help cover their needs, and in return, they should, Lord-willing, cover our needs as well when we need them. :)
All of our kiddos are in the Gold program for $150, and I'm in the Gold program for $150 too (not needed at the moment, but you can share maternity costs!), and Rob's in the cheaper Bronze program because he's basically made of steel. :) CHM is not insurance at all, so there are no guarantees or approvals like an insurance company. You pay the ministry your monthly membership cost, and they give it away to the people who need it. It's awesome. We haven't had to use it yet, but we're thankful for the opportunity to share with other believers and to avoid being fined by the government yearly. (And we're also thankful to our friend Shaun (Abbie's husband) for sharing the name of company with us!)
So! Those are some of the ways God has amazingly and generously provided for us to save money on healthcare costs. I hope they might help you if you're in a position where insurance doesn't cover you or you have to pay cash for healthcare. Whatever your need, don't forget the most important one: Trust Him.
How are you dealing with/balancing the new higher healthcare costs?
Any tips or tricks for when you have to visit the doctor? I'd love to hear!!!
p.s. This post was not sponsored in anyway by Wal-Mart or anyone else, but that is our CHM Bring-a-Friend referral link above :)