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The Key to Lowering Healthcare Costs

$4.1 Trillion: that’s how much money was spent in 2020 for healthcare costs. As one-fifth of the economy, healthcare costs are a huge part of America’s economy and overall budget. But that’s the macrolevel of spending. What is the average cost for each American? That number comes out to be around $12, 318 per person. Of course, this is the average. For some people it is considerably more, and for others it is less.

The projected healthcare costs are expected to continually increase. And with this rise, the average American patient isn’t any better off through their healthcare treatment. In many cases, the United States does not rank near the top of any healthcare treatments for major diseases within the developed countries. So, we’re paying the most, but not even getting the best healthcare results. What’s even worse is that many experts determine that more than $1 Trillion is spent on healthcare services are wasteful and unnecessary. Think about that for a second: around 25% of healthcare services are wasteful or unnecessary. And yet, it is still spent. And unfortunately, Americans are paying the price through their health, or lack there of.

So what is the key to lowering healthcare costs? What if I told you that making lifestyle changes factoring in your nutrition, exercise, stress levels, toxic load, and sleep habits would save you money in the long term? Would you do them? If it meant less trips to the doctor, specialists, hospital stays, and time spent waiting at the pharmacy and other offices, would it be something that interested you to try?

Ironically, lifestyle changes are often recommended by doctors; however, they are usually said in passing at the end of the “15-minute appointment window” with no clear direction for the patient on what exactly they can or should do. And unfortunately, patients many times are left to wade through the “lifestyle change” waters on their own without a clear plan of how to get started, or what they can do to better their own health. Making lifestyle changes is the key to lowering healthcare costs because it empowers you to take control of your health and make changes that apply to you. 

HOW TO GET STARTED

It is always good to check with your doctor if you have health conditions to receive recommendations on what level of exercise is best to get started. The next thing is to layout what your health goals are, both the short-term and the long-term. Follow up with breaking down each goal into measurable smaller goals to make it more manageable. And don’t forget to celebrate every success when you accomplish them.

If you’re unsure how to get started or need support/guidance on your health journey, seeking out a Health Coach is a great resource. A Health Coach assists you in constructing your personalized plan and gives you support as you work through the goals in your plan. Compass Health Coaching, LLC is available to help you navigate your way to a healthier you. Book your FREE, initial, virtual consultation today to get started on your way to crushing your health goals and saving money on your healthcare costs.

For more in-depth information on how to save money for your healthcare, and other valuable information on health related topics, check out the Compass Health Coaching blog.

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