Wellness to Help Keep Healthcare Costs Low

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medical_billing_advocate-105In January 2016, data revealed that the U.S. has topped $3 trillion dollars in healthcare spending. Americans are feeling the brunt of that statistic directly. We know there are vital steps we can take to ultimately keep our healthcare spending as low as possible. Request an itemized statement of billed charges and look for errors and over-charges. But there are also other things we can do to keep our time spent in healthcare facilities at a minimum. Wellness measures can help keep ourselves healthy. Additionally, we can possibly save ourselves from developing health conditions that can be both costly and possibly even deadly.

Overweight Risk Factors

Carrying around an abundance of excess weight could possibly lead to very serious health conditions. Being overweight can increase risk for heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, osteoarthritis and asthma. Many more potentially dangerous health conditions can occur that result from being overweight, as well. If you are familiar with any of these conditions, you know how costly they can be. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. spends $46 billion each year on the cost of healthcare services, medications and missed days of work due to complications from hypertension. The American Diabetes Association states that diabetes costs the U.S. $322 billion per year. In 2010, CBS News reported that the average cost for a severe heart attack is approximately $1 million and the cost for a less severe heart attack is $760 thousand for an individual.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that certain risk factors, such as being overweight, might cause an individual to pay more for health insurance. Additionally, overweight individuals tend to pay more for their own healthcare costs due to health conditions that may arise from being overweight. Whether your goal is to achieve a healthier body on your own or you participate in a company-sponsored wellness program, you are taking steps to better yourself physically and financially.

Office Wellness

Corporate wellness programs have the potential to save that employer money, too, by promoting productivity and helping to cut down on employee absenteeism. It’s almost always more enjoyable to take part in fitness activities with others, and some healthy competition isn’t bad, either.

Talk to your management team about implementing a few healthy changes around the office. You can start by offering healthy snacks, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, and granola. Supply your employees with fresh, clean water. Offer a water cooler or have bottled water available as an option in office drink machines. If your office does not have a fitness area, talk to your management team about offering an area for exercising. This area could be used during lunch, breaks, or even before or after work. If this is not an option, gather coworkers together to walk or jog around the perimeter of your office building. The possibilities are endless when it comes to developing an office wellness or fitness program to better your health and to help keep your healthcare costs in check.




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