- Regular preventative care can help reduce potential healthcare costs. Even minor sicknesses can lead to missed work, missed opportunities, and potentially lost wages. Serious illnesses often involve major costs like hospital stays, medical equipment, and doctor’s fees.
- A study of Medicare beneficiaries showed that preventative dental procedures and regular checkups saved older adults significantly.²
- When poor health persists over time, lost earnings may make it harder to save for retirement. They may also reduce Social Security benefits.³
- Some habits that lead to poor health can be expensive in themselves. Smoking is the classic example. The average smoker can expect to spend around $1,500 a year on cigarettes alone.⁴ Smokers also pay higher premiums for health care and life insurance, and their houses, cars, and other possessions tend to devalue at a quicker rate because of damage from the smoking.
- Obesity is another expensive condition that affects many Americans. Obese individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 to 40 spend, on average, $3,086 more per year in medical costs than someone of a healthy weight.⁵
- 1, 3. The National Bureau of Economic Research, downloaded February 20, 2013
- 2. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, March 2011
- 4. Hearst Communications Inc., September 21, 2012
- 5. Reuters, April 30, 2012
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