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Tagged: Self-Pay Patient

What Happens To My Bill?

August 6th, 2018 Tags: cost-reductionhealthcare-costsmedical-billsmedical-cost-sharingself-pay-patient

You're a member who has successfully shared a bill! You worked closely with your doctor to evaluate the course of your care, you pre-notified Liberty HealthShare of the procedure, and your bill was submitted promptly through your ShareBox. Now what? Everything you've read says that it may take 30-45 days for your bill to be processed, but what does "processed" mean? We receive this question from members often, especially if the wait is taking longer than expected. Delays can be frustrating without further information, and it is our desire that members feel at ease throughout the course of their cost sharing by being as transparent as possible every step of the way.

Rethinking Annual Wellness Visits

May 14th, 2018 Tags: sharing-guidelinespersonal-responsibilityhealthcare-costsself-pay-patientpatient-tipspreventative-care

When we discuss preventative medicine and ways we can take responsibility for our health, annual wellness visits might come to mind as a means to accomplishing both. It seems to be part of the conventional wisdom most of us abide by, at least in theory. We may not make that visit every year, but we know we should. Or should we?

Balance Bill? Here's How To Respond.

October 6th, 2017 Tags: account-updatescost-reductionmediavideoself-pay-patienthealthcare-costsmedical-bills

At some point in your membership with Liberty HealthShare, you might find yourself dealing with what is known as a balance bill. In short, balance billing is what happens when a bill has already been paid and the physician or provider attempts to get more money directly from their patient. It's important to note that balance bills represent only a fraction of the costs that are submitted to Liberty, however, we want to give you the information and steps you will need to properly respond if you find yourself in this situation.

Providers Question Sharing And Member Stands Firm

September 28th, 2017 Tags: member-testimonialsmedical-billspersonal-responsibilityself-pay-patient

From time to time, our members find themselves wearing the educator's hat when interacting with physicians and other staff at their providers' offices. Despite its long history, healthcare sharing is still a new concept to many, even those within the healthcare profession. Michigan member Yvonne M. enrolled with Liberty HealthShare along with her husband in late 2015. Last year, she and her husband found themselves facing outright antagonism about their Liberty membership not once but four separate times over the course of one medical incident.

Member Impressed When Hospital Costs Reduced

September 18th, 2017 Tags: cost-reductionmember-testimonialsself-pay-patient

Perhaps the most obvious characteristic of Christian healthcare sharing is right there in the name: we are a group of like-minded people sharing the costs of healthcare. What is less obvious on the surface, but no less important, is that our members often enjoy reduced costs simply by virtue of the fact that, in the eyes of the healthcare industry, we are self-pay patients, and with that status often comes a discount. Additionally, Liberty HealthShare partners with MedCost Solutions, a group that advocates on our members' behalf to negotiate and reduce the size of their bills, so our members' costs can be reduced even further, reflecting the actual price of care.

What Does "Shopping For Healthcare" Mean?

August 3rd, 2017 Tags: personal-responsibilitypre-notificationself-pay-patienthealthcare-costs

If you have been a Liberty HealthShare member for any length of time, you know that we ask our members to be actively engaged with the cost of their care so that, as a community, we can wisely steward and preserve the financial resources we all share in times of unexpected and unaffordable medical need. Any time we interact with the healthcare industry as patients, from a yearly check-up to an unforeseen surgical intervention, we alone have the power to compare prices and choose how and where we will access healthcare.

Back-To-School Check-Ups & Vaccinations

July 10th, 2017 Tags: self-pay-patientsharing-guidelinespatient-tipshealthcare-costs

The school year just ended, but we all know it won't be long before we're shopping back to school sales in anticipation of the start of the new year. You probably don't need to worry about those purchases just yet, but this is a good time to plan ahead for your child's back to school check-up and, if necessary, his or her vaccinations.

What Causes Medical Prices To Be So High?

March 3rd, 2017 Tags: healthcare-costsfreedompersonal-responsibilityphysician-postsself-pay-patient

John Hunt, MD Chief Medical Officer, Liberty HealthShare Advancements in technology bring costs down in most every sector of the economy. Consider that computers, which used to take up an entire floor of a building, now fit in the palm of your hand, and with exponentially higher processing power than in the past. Yet all this increased computing power comes to us far cheaper each year than the one before.

Executive Director Dale Bellis' Member Update

February 8th, 2017 Tags: account-updatesmediamedical-cost-sharingvideopersonal-responsibilityself-pay-patientpre-notification

The exponential increase we have seen in enrollments tells us we have clearly tapped into a nationwide hunger for healthcare freedom. With your continued engagement as cost-conscious consumers of healthcare, we hope to serve you and many others for years to come.

When We Talk About Healthsharing

January 11th, 2017 Tags: affordable-care-act-obamacarechristian-valuescost-reductionmedical-billsmedical-cost-sharingfreedompersonal-responsibilityself-pay-patienthealthcare-costsnew-members

Throughout the course of your enrollment and membership in Liberty HealthShare, you have likely noticed that we use terminology that is specific to our organization and work. There are several reasons we choose to communicate in the way we do.

Let's Face It: Price Matters

December 12th, 2016 Tags: freedompersonal-responsibilityphysician-postsself-pay-patienthealthcare-costs

John Hunt, MD Chief Medical Officer, Liberty HealthShare In an era of constantly growing government, what can physicians and patients do to avoid getting abused and poorly treated by our politicized medical system? The answer is simple: NOT what physicians and patients have done for decades. What physicians did wrong was to stop advocating for their patient’s finances. What patients did wrong was to stop asking how much their care will cost. After all, why bother to ask if some faceless, distant insurance company, or the government, is footing the bill?

Saving Money As A Self-Pay Patient

November 3rd, 2016 Tags: personal-responsibilityphysician-postsself-pay-patienthealthcare-costs

John Hunt, MD Chief Medical Officer, National Coalition of Healthcare Sharing Ministries As members of the Liberty HealthShare community, each of us has the responsibility to steward the resources of the entire membership. In order for healthcare sharing to function the way it should, we are duty-bound to try and save money whenever we access the health system. And let’s not be naïve: the health system is out to take all the money it can.

Saving Money On Prescriptions

September 7th, 2016 Tags: medical-billsphysician-postspatient-tipshealthcare-costsself-pay-patient

by John Hunt, MD Chief Medical Officer, Liberty HealthShare You have probably noticed that prescription medications are extremely affordable in some cases and terribly expensive in others. There are several reasons for this phenomenon. Some drug prices benefit from free markets and generally free international trade, with prices dropping to nearly zero (think Walmart and all the pharmacies that followed them with their $4 low prices). These days, some antibiotics are even free. Don’t believe me? Just Google it. But for every cheap or free prescription, there are just as many or more astronomically expensive drugs out there.

SavNet For Liberty Members

August 26th, 2016 Tags: account-updatesmedical-billsnew-membersself-pay-patient

Prescription Drug Program available in all 50 states Health Savings Discount Program not available in AK, UT, VT, WA. Managing prescriptions can be confusing and costly, and we know this is a concern for our members. In an effort to make the process more price-transparent and easy to understand, we are proud to welcome SavNet Health Savings program to the Liberty HealthShare family. SavNet will save members 15% to 50% off prescription medication, as well as offering discounted dental, chiropractic and alternative medicine, vision, and hearing services.

Welcome Dr. John Hunt!

June 7th, 2016 Tags: mediavideoliberty-personnel-profilesself-pay-patientpersonal-responsibilitymedical-cost-sharingfreedom

We have good news to share with you from Liberty HealthShare. Dr. John Hunt, a sharing member of Liberty HealthShare and a member of the ministry's Physician Advisory Board, is now the Chief Medical Officer of the National Coalition of Healthcare Sharing Ministries.

Introducing VideoMedicine

May 5th, 2016 Tags: self-pay-patienttelemedicine-video-medicinepreventative-care

A Convenient Telemedicine Platform for Liberty HealthShare Members We here at Liberty HealthShare strive daily to make accessing medical care simple. This is why we don't have a "network" of physicians to which members must adhere. VideoMedicine makes accessing care that much easier whether you are away from home or just don't want the hassle of scheduling an appointment at a doctor's office.

How To Decrease Your Medical Costs

May 4th, 2016 Tags: preventative-carephysician-postsself-pay-patientmedical-cost-sharinghealthcare-costshealth-and-wellness

Viewpoints from a Naturopathic Physician by Kendra Pearsall, N.M.D. People tell us their number one reason for joining Liberty HealthShare is the cost savings. Members report they are saving thousands over previous years' total healthcare expenses. Cost savings is one of the many reasons I LOVE being a member, and for that reason and more, I tell everyone I know about this wonderful program. I asked Liberty HealthShare's Executive Director, Dale Bellis, how Liberty is able to keep membership fees low.

Liberty HealthShare And Mobile Membership

October 6th, 2015 Tags: self-pay-patientmember-testimonialshealthtracfreedom

Most people dream of retirement. They envision that once the kids are grown, they can sit back and take things a little bit easier. For many, that may be the dream, but for others, the empty-nest years mean a new adventure. This past April, one such couple, Liberty HealthShare members Jerry and Sheila Wise, embarked on their new journey to become work-campers.

After All, It's Your Money!

June 13th, 2015 Tags: christian-valuesmedical-cost-sharingpersonal-responsibilityself-pay-patient

The mindset every member should have Becoming a Liberty HealthShare member is a liberating step. You’ve abandoned bureaucratic models of paying for healthcare and embraced freedom. Your status as a self-pay patient sharing medical expenses with others of like mind allows you to access the best medical care available at the lowest cost possible. In addition, you have engaged the most powerful consumer weapon in healthcare: the self-pay patient! You have the twin advantage of a vast community sharing your costs while you watch over your own expenses as an individual patient. After all, it’s your money! And who better to watch over your money than you! This paradigm shift, once embraced, changes everything, keeping costs low and your healthcare options intact!

How To Discuss Liberty HealthShare With Your Doctor

March 4th, 2015 Tags: medical-cost-sharingnew-memberspatient-tipsself-pay-patient

Presenting your Liberty HealthShare card to your doctor or hospital. One of the best things about being a member of Liberty HealthShare is that you can visit any doctor and any hospital you choose! With Liberty HealthShare, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor! Our call center often gets questions from new and potential members about how to discuss Liberty HealthShare when seeing the doctor. We're here to help you through that process.

Self-Pay Patient Tests Liberty HealthShare

March 4th, 2015 Tags: self-pay-patientmember-testimonialscost-reduction

For thirteen years, former South Carolina police officer Barbara Pulicicchio had been paying out-of-pocket for her healthcare costs. As a self-pay patient with some medical issues, she was finding it difficult to manage the cost of her care. One day Barbara began reading a book entitled The Self-Pay Patient by Sean Parnell and began learning about the cost-sharing concept. This idea intrigued her, so she began searching the internet for offering medical cost sharing.

You're In Charge With Liberty HealthShare

January 14th, 2015 Tags: freedompersonal-responsibilityself-pay-patientvideomedia

Executive Director Dale Bellis discusses the freedom Liberty HealthShare members enjoy as self-pay patients. Members are free to control their own healthcare, make decisions about their own futures, and regain control they haven't previously had.

Review Of The Self Pay-Patient, By Sean Parnell

July 16th, 2014 Tags: self-pay-patientfreedomaffordable-care-act-obamacarebook-reviewmedical-cost-sharing

While members of Liberty HealthShare may not see themselves as self-pay patients, in the legal realm of medical payments, that is exactly how they are considered. Sean Parnell, author of the blog TheSelfPayPatient.com and the book The Self-Pay Patient: Affordable Healthcare Choices in the Age of Obamacare, lays out a field guide to the many options available to people who have decided to take the self-pay route.

Doctor, Impressed With Liberty, Joins!

May 6th, 2014 Tags: affordable-care-act-obamacarefreedomself-pay-patient

In the fight for healthcare freedom, Dr. Elaina George takes a stand. Dr. Elaina George is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist, a solo practitioner in private practice, and a small business owner, so she understands the struggles associated with our changing healthcare system.