I sometimes receive questions about the billing process. For example, I have been asked to fix a monthly retainer fee in case the treatment should go on for awhile. Of course, to such questions I only speak for myself. Each practitioner comes to their own conclusions regarding billing and the professional relationship with their patients. But, I consider taking a case on retainer to be inconsistent with my practice because it assumes prolonged treatment is necessary.
Unlike medical care, which projects treatment time based on the diagnosis of disease and the complexity of symptoms, prayer healing springs from spiritual growth and clearer views of God and man.
Spirituality, not time, is the determining factor in Christian Science healing. Health is an entirely spiritual phenomenon and is found to be permanent when sought through spiritual means.
My experience has shown that an understanding of God sought through prayer, coupled with the expectation that this understanding can be obtained immediately, speeds progress on cases. An entirely spiritual focus and high expectation of healing helps move a case beyond comfort care or coping with symptoms and supports better outcomes. Expectation of healing turns thought quickly to what God is doing for man.
Prayer treatment does not follow any medical treatment model. Healing time is not determined by a physical diagnosis. One disease is not considered inherently more difficult, more time consuming or more complicated, than another. Prayer moves beyond symptom management by opening one's experience to the healing Christ, the powerful message of health from God to man which meets needs quickly, consistently and effectively.
It is always a joy to pray for others. Christian Science practitioners are dedicated to give all the care and attention necessary to prayer on each case. But as wonderful as it is to engage in this work, nothing trumps a good healing. This is one profession where "fired" is as happy a word as "hired" when someone is healed.
If you have any questions about the healing practice of Christian Science, I would happy to consider them for future occasional posts on the subject.