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How to Save Money on Health Care

by Don Current on May 13, 2010

Are you ready for the secret to reducing your health care costs?  It’s really rather simple, but it’s not easy. It’s something you probably already are aware of. Exercise. What does it have to do with saving money? A recent study showed major savings to the participants who exercised at least 8 times per month. In a study released in 2007, Medica and Life Time Fitness offered a credit on their health plan costs if they would use that toward a healthcare membership. Over 3000 people participated in the study exercising at least 8 times per month over a two year period.

What the study found was that the average claim cost in the second year were 33% lower than an equivalent control group of non-exercisers. That was over just a two year period of regular exercise. Can you imagine what their lifetime benefit will be if they continue on this path? Imagine how much less they’ll be paying when they are elderly and people’s health care costs normally skyrocket!

Here are a few other statistics for the exercise group:

  • A 64.3% decrease in facility claims.
  • A 13.0% decrease in physician claims.
  • A 9.2% decrease in RX claims

The non-exercise group saw:

  • 63.6% more visits to in patient facilities.
  • 105.0% more visits to emergency room facilities.
  • 43.3% more visits to outpatient facilities.

Do you REALLY want to reduce your healthcare costs? Just like with anything else in life, you can’t get something for nothing. It’s going to take some effort on your part, but the benefits FAR outweigh the negatives. There are so many other benefits to your life with a good diet and regular exercise. Just like the old adage says, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. So get out there and run, walk, bike, skate, or row, and start reducing your health care costs!

You can view a summary of the study here.