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Published: Thursday, Aug. 9 2012 5:31 p.m. MDT

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Gosh-DUH
Burlington, CT

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 Church.

Esquire
Springville, UT

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 comprehensive program?

Nan BW
ELder, CO

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.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ 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 into bankruptcy.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

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.

killpack
Sandy, UT

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.

Utah Native
Farmington, UT

Elder Schenk, I wish you a thorough recovery! God bless!

ed in atl
Duluth, GA

Esquire then you should move to Canada!

Nan BW
ELder, CO

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!

Dennis
Harwich, MA

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.

BU52
Provo, ut

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.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

it is a miracle and hopefully the miracles will continue

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

I am surprised and disappointed that The Church is not paying for his recovery.

Shelama
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

it's a miracle! praise god!

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