Over the course of human history, the art of health and medicine has evolved tremendously across cultures and eras. When enlightened by the Catholic understanding of the human person, medicine is an art of healing geared towards the cultivation of life.

Health care that is explicitly Catholic can truly cultivate life because it recognizes and respects the human person in every aspect of their being. When it comes to caring for the health of the person, this is vital in discovering the root of any illness and disorder. The source of the problem must be discovered in order to implement an effective cure. Catholic health care does this as it accounts not only for the physical aspects of a person’s health but a person’s body, mind, and soul. This is what distinguishes the Catholic health care option  offered by CMF CURO. Through investment in the doctor patient-relationship, adherence to Church teaching, and spiritual community CMF CURO cares for the total health of its members.

Catholic Health Care Respects The Doctor-Patient Relationship

The doctor-patient relationship is a vital aspect of Catholic health care as it has the ability to effect both the physical and spiritual health of a patient. The more comfortable the patient is with their doctor, the more freely they will share their life, thus increasing the doctor’s knowledge of their health. The patient’s greater trust in their doctor will give them peace of mind. If nothing stands between the doctor and the patient, there is greater disclosure, which leads to better health outcomes.

The greater access a patient has to their doctor increases the level of engagement a patient has in their overall health. Rather than being a restrictive mediator between the patient and the doctor like most insurance companies, CMF CURO helps you find a Catholic doctor of your choosing, who will truly care and devote substantial time to you and your health and wellbeing.

Catholic Healthcare Engages Church Teachings

The future of our great nation hinges on our health care options and choices. Members of CMF CURO share eligible health care costs in community with the members of Samaritan Ministries International. CMF CURO members are able to take care of their medical needs while fully adhering to the Church’s teachings regarding life and human dignity. Catholics are often forced to compromise on pro-life issues like these with insurance.

While it is possible to obtain an individual insurance plan that does not cover abortion, most insurance companies offer abortion as a covered procedure. While an individual plan may not cover it, by participating with an insurance company that covers abortion in their other plans, you are still paying into a company that pays for abortion. Many Catholics are unjustly and unknowingly forced into the insurance model. CMF CURO provides Catholics with an option that respects and engages their Catholic faith and offers a supportive Catholic community.

Christ Handing the Keys to St. Peter by Pietro Perugino
Christ Handing the Keys to St. Peter by Pietro Perugino

Catholic Health Care Is Affordable

For a family of 4 or more, the total yearly cost for a CMF CURO Membership  (including the monthly administrative fee, monthly share, registration, and Save-to-Share included with  CMF CURO and Samaritan) is $7,982 while the average cost of health insurance premiums for a family of 4 in 2019 was $20,576. While primary and preventative care are things our members need to budget for themselves, many of our members report significant savings through participation in CMF CURO instead of insurance:

“Being Catholic, my trust rested with CMF CURO. Since joining, the Lord has blessed me and my family many ways. [This health care option] is not only affordable, but I love that I am sharing with an individual or family, that I know their need and we can pray for them.”

-Mimi, CMF CURO Member

Catholic Health Care Is Rooted In Community

The CMF CURO health care community allows members to bear their burdens together, praying, sharing, and investing their resources with each other. During Lent 2020, a small group of CMF CURO members will be participating in a guided 5-week reflection and discussion. CMF CURO supports and encourages its members to join national pro-life community efforts by attending March for Life each year. Additionally, CMF CURO supports local pro-life Catholic organizations by sponsoring or attending events that our members support, like the CMA National Conference, IHM Homeschool Conferences, Columbus Women’s & Men’s Retreats, the Napa Summer Conference, the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, and FOCUS SLS.

Mariah Buzza Author

Mariah Buzza is a survivor of abuse within the Church and writes on topics of healing and personal encounters with grace. She remains a practicing Catholic and is employed by the Christ Medicus Foundation. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 with a bachelors of arts in Political Science and currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her family.