The Amish Health Care Plan

An article on reminds us that not all health plans are insurance plans. The article titled, “The Amish way of healthcare finance,” explains that the Amish have legally¬†opted out of participating in the Affordable Care Act, but that does not mean they are doing without a plan for taking care of their member’s health care needs..

The article says that various Amish communities have negotiated prices with local hospitals for its members in exchange for quick cash payments. The communities then use a combination of church aid and benefit auctions to raise money for any member who is unable to pay their bill, according to Reuters.

“We have our own healthcare,” an anonymous Amish community member told Reuters. “They [hospitals] give you a bill,” he said. “If you can’t pay it, your church will.”

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