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Do you think faith-based care is a good alternative to traditional medical insurance?

More than 100,000 people in the United States have their medical care compensated not through guaranteed insurance payments, but through faith that fellow believers will foot the bills. Christians who regularly attend a Bible-based church usually sign up as individuals, but they’re part of a larger medical ministry that pays for ailments from broken legs to brain tumors, so long as they meet ministry guidelines.

The arrangements have drawn new attention following President Obama’s signing last month of the health care reform law, which specifically exempts members of health care sharing ministries from so-called “pay or play” taxes on mandatory health insurance.