Nathan Schwarz wrote:Or in other words, can an intentional community successfully circumvent the medical insurance system?
I live among an Old Order Amish community and have seen how they do circumvent the medical insurance system. (Please note that there are various sects in the Amish community and their "rules" differ greatly.)
Nathan Schwarz wrote:If so, how does the community then provide the various services that medical insurance typically pays for (check-ups, emergency care, medication, etc)?
Individual families pay out of pocket for their own expenses (with few exceptions, any type of insurance is not allowed as part of their religion, and they are therefore exempt from "Obamacare"), and when tragedies happen there is a "general fund" that helps out. I have been told that when necessary, the fund is replenished with a "tax" (my word, not theirs) where each family contributes based on their net worth.
I don't know if this information is helpful at all, but I have been fascinated by learning from my Amish friends since we moved to the area. note: this is not an endorsement, I'm just trying to share.