CHM by the numbers | 2021 edition

Christian Healthcare Ministries is blessed to serve hundreds of thousands of Christians who rally together to voluntarily share each other's medical bills. While 2021 still found us in the middle of a global pandemic, it was also a year of celebration of God’s provision. As CHM enters 41 years of service, we are grateful to share with you many exciting statistics as a recap of what CHM members did for one another in 2021.

Medical bill sharing stats

It’s not unusual for CHM members to receive medical bill discounts of 40, 50, or 75 percent or more, which equals tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings. These discounts are thanks to members' dedication to building relationships with their healthcare providers and billing teams, plus the hard work of CHM's Provider Relations team. Take a look at the total medical bill amounts before discounts versus how much CHM secured in discounts and financial assistance in 2021. After these discounts were applied, CHM members then shared over $635 million in one another's medical costs.

Total eligible bills Average discount Financial assistance

With hospitals opening up for more elective procedures and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, CHM members submitted more medical bills than ever from around the world. Before negotiating discounts, CHM members submitted:

$1,340,600,000+ worth of eligible medical bills

Asking healthcare providers for a discount does make a difference. In 2021, the average cost for CHM members' medical procedures was cut by an average 45 percent. Not only does this number sound impressive, it helps keep monthly gift amounts low. That's right: asking for discounts saves you money.

45% average discount

Financial assistance is a way members practice biblical stewardship as they incur medical expenses. The financial assistance that members receive to help pay their medical bills come from a wide variety of sources, such as Medicare, hospital assistance, other forms of insurance (auto insurance, etc.), or Worker's Comp. Added together with discounts, CHM members saved: 


See how eligible bills were shared in 2021

Christian Healthcare Ministries shares 100 percent of eligible medical bills. Since CHM’s inception, the ministry has satisfied over $7 billion in members’ healthcare costs. Take a look at the breakdown of how eligible bills were shared in 2021.

The impact of CHM medical bill sharing

Since 1981, CHM serves members as the nation’s first and longest-serving health cost sharing ministry by providing a cost-effective, accountable, and faith-based framework to help fellow believers facing a health crisis. Here's a snapshot of the impact of CHM medical bill sharing in the lives of CHM members.

Over $8 billion shared
Families helped Sharing support

When God's people come together to support one another, it becomes a testimony to the watching world. Because of members' generosity every month as they send in their monthly financial gifts, CHM was able to support:

59,000+ families

Scripture commands Christians to "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2). CHM members have fulfilled this biblical command by sharing medical bills for:

70,000+ members

Facing COVID-19 together as a CHM family

CHM—through our hundreds of thousands of faithful members—take care of each other even in the most difficult times. As a body of believers who serve as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ, we are blessed to see members caring for each other during the global pandemic. Check out how we've served members through COVID-19 in 2021.

It’s a blessing to be a part of this community, and to be supported through our medical difficulties even as we support others through their medical difficulties!
CHM supports missionary through COVID-19 illness CHM supports missionary through COVID-19 illness Scott Wallace, Puyallup, Wash.
100 percent of our eligible medical bills were shared—and that was in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic when many CHM employees were working from home!
COVID survivor finds ‘peace because of CHM’ COVID survivor finds ‘peace because of CHM’ John Dondero, Ponte Vedra, Florida
Losing six weeks of work during COVID-19 was hard, but as a CHM member, I had confidence knowing CHM would share 100 percent of my eligible hospital bills.
Grateful for CHM, COVID-19 patient says “God’s love can move mountains” Grateful for CHM, COVID-19 patient says “God’s love can move mountains” Keith Weitermann, Aurora, Illinois
As a CHM member, I knew I was lifted in prayer, too. CHM staff are always praying for members and trusting God to know the details.
Member says “God—not COVID-19—is in charge” thanks CHM for standing by her Member says “God—not COVID-19—is in charge” thanks CHM for standing by her Roberta Donnell, Belton, Missouri
I believe there was a reason I had COVID, and I know I’ll recover. I lean into God now and throughout the whole process—He kept me going.
During 30 days in isolation, COVID survivor finds God’s blessings During 30 days in isolation, COVID survivor finds God’s blessings Valerie Magalhaes, Alamo, California
CHM has always been very easy, fair and wonderful—and this incident was no different. [...] CHM shared my COVID-19 medical bills very quickly. I highly recommend CHM!
Q & A with COVID-19 survivor Q & A with COVID-19 survivor Steven Thompson, Bonita Springs, Florida
Serving members and telling the #IamCHM story

Based on the biblical principles of Galatians 6:2 and Acts 2 and 4, we apply our biblical calling to every aspect of our ministry—in the way we interact with members, encourage members to interact with each other, pray over medical bills, or talk with providers. We serve members by looking at healthcare through a Bible-focused lens.

Prayer requests Applications processed Emails processed Website users

As a ministry, we want to spiritually support members through the difficulties of an illness, injury, or just regular life. One way we do this? By praying for members and enabling members to spiritually support each other as well. 

936 prayer requests shared with members

CHM is vibrant and growing, as proven by the thousands of new members who joined in 2021. On behalf of all the CHM staff, welcome to the CHM family!

36,738 applications

We love talking with our members—answering questions, supporting members through their medical incidents, and rejoicing as they celebrate victories. 

147,928 emails processed

Whether it's learning how CHM works, submitting medical bills, reading testimonials, or getting spiritually nourished, CHM members and prospective members have been making good use of the website.

1,430,000+ website users

Building the CHM community through social media

We love providing an online space for members to connect with each other! Our CHM social media community continues to grow. You can find and tag us (@iheartchm) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn, . Members can share their stories with #IamCHM and #CHMStories. Additionally, the CHM community comes together for weekly prayer and encouragement with #WarriorWednesday, #ComeandWorship, and #InTheWord. Take a look at the social media growth we experienced in 2021!

Comments Messages Increase

Average number of prayers and encouragement in response to prayer requests for fellow members each week .

30+ comments

Total messages received from members through social media.

12,719 messages

CHM received more messages through Instagram than the previous year. 

79.1% more

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