The International Missionary Benefit Society is open to any institute, diocese, association of faithful and other Christian religious communities “…protecting the health of their members”.
It offers the possibility for superiors and bishops to fulfil their canonical obligation, by protecting their members.
Some explanations on membership:
- The Groups are free to choose their Section of reference subject to certain conditions, such as the language of correspondence, the currency of payment, the facilities offered for transferring the treatment sheets, etc. (see Article 46 of the Internal Rules).
- Membership is collective: the religious communities undertake to enrol, as beneficiaries, all the persons under their authority.
As an exception, persons who benefit from sufficient cover for their healthcare costs, either because of where they exercise their mission, or because of their nationality, or because at the same time they have a professional activity which enables them to have access to sufficient cover, should not be enrolled.
- Membership or cancellation of membership take place per half-year (1 January and 1 July) or exceptionally in the quarter for joining. Any half-year started is due.
The Central Office and the IMS sections are available to assist the communities in deciding what they wish to do and the procedures they need to take, around a 5-step membership process.