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Knowledge of Healthcare Prices Impacts Spending

Medical price transparency can save expenditures.

About 500,000 employer-sponsored employees covered by health insurance were given telephone or internet access to the actual price of medical services for laboratory tests, advanced imaging services, and office visits. Those who accessed price information over the 3 year study period spent significantly less that those who did not. The largest difference was for advanced imaging services. However, fewer than 10% of patients bothered to investigate pricing.

PositiveTip: Tired of high medical bills? Investigate and compare the costs when possible.

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Depression Bites Employer's Budgets

Depression remains employer's highest per capita medical expense.

Of ten modifiable health risk factors, depression cost employer's about 48% more on healthcare than non-depressed employees. Those with high blood sugar or hypertension each cost about 31% more, and those who used tobacco or were physically inactive each cost about 16% more. Effectively implemented health promotion programs should reduce employee healthcare costs.

PositiveTip: Do something today to make a difference in your modifiable risk factors.

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Hold the Salt to Lower Health Care Costs!

Modest reductions in dietary salt could save 92,000 lives per year and save $24 billion!

Dietary salt intake in the U.S. in on the rise, in spite of more and more evidence linking salt intake to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Reducing salt intake by a modest 3 grams (1/2 teaspoon) per day per person is projected to annually reduce new cases of coronary heart disease by up to 120,000, stroke by up to 66,000, and heart attacks by up to 99,000. This in turn could save up to $24 billion each year in health care costs.

PositiveTip: The majority of dietary salt in the U.S. comes from processed foods. Stop subtracting years from your life by cutting back on these foods.