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It’s cheaper to stay healthy

Posted Apr 14 2009 12:39am

It’s easier and much less expensive to stay healthy.   In today’s tough economic times, it has never been more important for people to really take control of their health and prevent unnecessary health emergencies.   Even though at times it seems like an awful lot of trouble to stay fit, exercise, eat healthy foods and take good care of yourself by having regular checkups and screenings – this behavior is actually a great return on your investment.   When you get sick, things can get very expensive. Many employers reward this type of healthy behavior and insurance premiums are sometimes reduced if you take good care of yourself.    So why wouldn’t you choose to stay healthy?   <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


In Colorado, a non-profit organization called 9Health Fair promotes health awareness and encourages individuals to assume responsibility for their own health by providing consumers with 20 free and 4 low-cost health screenings.   The low-cost screenings include:

 

·      Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening; identifies a man’s risk for prostate cancer, for $25

·      Blood Count screening; identifies a person’s ability to fight infection, risk for anemia and blood-clotting abilities by checking white and red blood cells, hematocrit and hemoglobin levels for $15

·       Blood Chemistry screening, which tests 28 separate things including cholesterol, blood glucose, liver, kidneys, thyroid and more, for $30

·      Colon Cancer Screening Kit; this take-home/mail-in kit checks for human blood in the stool which can lead colon cancer for $20

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had access to affordable screening programs like this?   If you know of any programs like9Health Fair that we should tell others about, be sure to let me know and I’ll post it on the OutofPocket.com website, to share with others.

 

If you are uninsured, under-insured, or have a high-deductible health plan, don’t skip taking care of yourself.   In fact, I encourage you to use this information about low-cost prices 9Health Fair offers for screening tests to your advantage.    Call a provider and see if they will match these prices, or at least offer you a discount.

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