Could someone explain the situation regarding insurance for LDS missionaries?
From the article, "His insurance covered only 20 out-patient therapy visits,
and he will need therapy every day for another one to two years, his mother
said."Do missionaries pay for their own insurance? Does not the
church cover its missionaries? Sad that the family and this young elder now have
to hold fundraisers for injuries suffered while he was in service of his God and
Our insurance situation in this country is a travesty. When will we finally have
enough of this abuse and join the rest of the industrial world with a
I am so glad to see an update on this missionary. I'm glad many people kept
up via blog, but a newspaper update is great too. I wish all who are helping
with fundraisers success.Having government involved in insurance is
not the answer. We have a son who came home from his mission with serious health
issues. Fortunately he has had good jobs with some insurance coverage, but he
has paid for much of his expense himself.
@ Nan BW, then what is the answer? Now we have a vast insurance company
bureaucracy making medical decisions and profiting off of that. And truth be
known, the government is already extensively involved. Just saying no to a
comprehensive system in the face of this situation and perhaps even yours is
victimhood - just taking what is dished out to you by powerful interests and
refusing to make things better. It is no accident that the U.S. has the highest
costs yet the worst results in the industrialized world. It's time to
change the system so people can get adequate healthcare without being forced
Esquire: Yes we do " have a vast insurance company bureaucracy making
medical decisions and profiting off of that." I think that is called the
Federal Government. I do know that the US has very high medical costs, and a
lot of it is self induced, but how do you say we have the worst results in the
industrial world. Why do people still come here for the very complex care
needed for some of the very major and unusual afflictions that are going around,
can't their socialized health care provide all of that high tech support
for them and do it right now? I do agree, something needs to be done about the
high cost of health care, but I don't think that having the government in
charge of it is what needs to be done.
I must say I am quite amused by some of the comments. There are few institutions
as inept and morally corrupt as our current federal government. How, then, do
people think they are somehow going to fix healthcare? I wish, with all of my
heart, that the 500 some odd Congressmen, the couple hundred or so who staff the
White House, and the couple hundred federal judges would please not, with their
filthy hands, meddle with the healthcare of the 300 million rest of us
Americans. They have done more than enough damage to everything else. Esquire,
you say American health care is the worst in the industrialized world. I'm
not sure what methodology you used for your ranking, but that is beside the
point. However bad health care may be here, putting it in the hands of the
totally incompetent, immoral, corrupt men and women currently employed by the US
Government will surely make it worse.
Elder Schenk, I wish you a thorough recovery! God bless!
Esquire then you should move to Canada!
Thank you to all of you who have expressed so well just what a mess we have with
government involved in health care! I am so happy that Elder Schenk has received
the care he has needed in the places he has been, and it is too bad his family
now has bills to pay, but I'm confident that what is most important to
them, and him, is that he is recovering amazingly well. That is the good news!
Elder Schenk likely got poor care in Brazil.The Church doesn't have
any blanket coverage to take care of missionaries when they come home so unless
his parents still had him covered his expenses were out of pocket.Even
missionaries in the field are not really covered either. The mission home will
pick up minor problems but elders with would be severe issues are sent home for
families to deal with.
Keep in mind that the church isn't a money making institution. Their
premiums are paid for by the offerings of the members. They do provide health
insurance for the missionaries when they are in the field, but after returning
home the families are expected to pick it up from there. If it breaks the bank
for the family they can get some welfare help from the ward or stake members.
But either way it comes from the offerings of the members. Its the
same thing with the government funded insurance programs. "Government
funded" gives us the tingle up our legs that it is somehow free, it
isn't, it's only being pushed to another group to cover the costs. I
would just like to see one little amendment to Obamacare which would state that
all federal employees including Congress persons, would also be subject to its
policies....It would be interesting to see the support evaporate.
it is a miracle and hopefully the miracles will continue
I am surprised and disappointed that The Church is not paying for his recovery.
it's a miracle! praise god!