September 25, 2014
Patrick Lencioni wrote a best-selling business book called The Advantage. One of his primary concepts is that companies where everyone is well aligned with the company values and goals have a huge advantage over the competition.
We are blown away watching the power of this through the launch of Sedera Health.
Those of you who follow this blog know that I am a passionate follower of Jesus. Some people rave about football, others about dance or music. I rave about the impact of this Jewish rabbi whose impact has led to history being dated around his birth (Anno Domino/AD or Before Christ/BC).
One of his favorite books was written by a Jewish King from around 1000 BC who tells us, “Two are better than one and a three-fold cord is not easily broken.” That is alignment, and that is what we are finding in the Sedera Health team, and in our relationship with C12, a national organization of CEO’s with chapters in many major cities around the country.
It takes certain courage to align with a relatively new company, and with an approach to dealing with health care costs that is not the norm.
Every company understands health insurance. But, into what category do you put the health care sharing that is at the core of what Sedera Health stands for?
We do work alongside insurance concepts, because qualifying under the law demands that. But health care sharing is clearly not insurance. So what is it?
The people who followed the teaching of Jesus immediately after his death (and resurrection, if you happen to believe in such things!) lived in such a way that if any of them had a need, the community of believers shared it. And remarkably it worked, at least for a while.
In time, when some were beginning to abuse the system, or just live off other’s generosity, the community learned how to make sure that personal responsibility became a part of their message. They lived the reality that “if you don’t work then you shouldn’t eat!” That sounds pretty personal to me.
Within the Sedera Health model, we all choose to literally share each other’s medical bills through the benevolent system that has been established, and under the Guidelines.
Every one of us has a monthly share (not a premium, because we are not insurance), which we voluntarily share. Sedera Health then helps to administer the distribution of this money to any who have a (medical) need that qualifies under the Guidelines.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been shared in this fashion over the past 25 years by the Christian Health Care Sharing organizations that are described within the Affordable Care Act. And now, through Sedera Health, this concept is being expanded to the corporate world.
We are so glad that many of you reading this blog are choosing to be a part of this plan.
I would love to hear what you think about the philosophic foundation of what we are doing!
Dr. Tony Dale | @tonydaleaustin | @sederahealth