As our society wrestles with health care issues, I’ve often thought that Christians might consider supporting the beginnings of a parallel health care system, based on Christian love rather than government or insurance requirements. I might try to explore that more sometime. Peter Leithart notes an article in The New Yorker whose subject, Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, contends that the doctor’s office and emergency room visits (sufficient for most people) don’t work for people struggling with drug addiction, Alzheimer’s, and other serious issues. These patients with complex problems are also part of the huge costs of health care.
Leithart concludes: “Only intense, communal, wholistic care can help the tough patients. And that has the added benefit of helping to control costs. There is an opportunity here for churches to follow this kind of program.”