Times are tough, and increased health care costs make it even tougher.
But what are we actually doing about it as individuals?
Sure, we can seek out the most economical health insurance plans, ask for generic prescriptions and so on.
There’s more that we can do. Warning: It requires taking some ownership. And depending on your current state, it may also require a large dose of will power.
While we can’t prevent every medical ailment, we can be proactive about it by taking better care of ourselves, our bodies and our overall health.
Yes, we all know what we’re supposed to do. Unfortunately, actually doing it doesn’t always come easy.
Things such as eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and having an annual physical are so important to our health. These things alone are proven time and time again to prevent many medical issues that end up costing everyone.
It’s no surprise that one of the factors in health insurance rate increases is based on the total expenses of all who are covered. As our population gets fatter and lazier, the extra medical costs spread to the masses.
Not many are happy with their health care premiums, co-pays or deductibles. Yet, not enough are taking care of themselves physically to help this situation.
Yes, we may be victims of a less-than-ideal health care system, but we’re not helpless.
Seek a healthier lifestyle, for the sake of you and your pocketbook.
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