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Medishare is a healthcare sharing program designed for Christians.

Is there any reason a Jew wouldn't be able to join such a program?

As far as I understand it, the program works in such a way that people in the program help pay for each other's medical bills. Therefore, you would be sometimes paying for medical bills of Christians and they would be sometimes paying for you. Somehow it works out to be cheaper than many insurance plans. If you need more info on how it works, it is explained here.

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    It may be necessary to evaluate this program in terms of asmachta lo kanya, given that they don't guarantee payouts.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 16:25
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/57426/…
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 16:43
  • As a 501(c)3 tax exempt non profit, I’m not sure Medishare can discriminate like that. Any Lawyers on this thread who might comment? Also, if they’re Evangelicals- I would think they would welcome Jews Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 22:07
  • They would welcome Jews, but only if they agree to the first qualification and express belief in the avodas zarah. Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 0:34
  • Such a comment might be better rephrased as a question on Law.Stackexchange.com Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 5:58

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The first precept of Medishare's Membership Qualifications is "Christian Testimony," stating generally that

All adult Members age 18 and older must attest to a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ."

and then specifying a "Statement of Faith" that includes quite a few assertions about the divinity of a particular man. Such affirmations are prohibited for Jews to make.

It would thus be forbidden to qualify to be a member of Medishare.

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  • Does the site require any active affirmation, or just states that the expectation is that you affirm? If it's just an expectation, can you join and never actually affirm halachically?
    – andrewmh20
    Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 11:24
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    @andrewmh20, I don't know, but assuming one could get through the application process with such a maneuver, logistically, legally, and Halachically (it would be fraud, after all), one would then have to successfully extend the fraud through the closer investigation that presumably accompanies a payout, if one ever needed to actually use the service. Given that they aren't legally on the hook to actually pay anything out, this requirement if successful fraud would only make a risky scheme riskier.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 12:26
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    Making such a statement would be chilul Hashem @andrewmh20 Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 17:33
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    When I checked it out part of the affirmation was a statement by a "pastor" @andrewmh20 Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 17:36

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