Thursday, September 8, 2011

Does healthier living suggest lower costs for healthcare?

The state of Utah spends less per capita per person on health insurance than any other state.  The Salt Lake City Tribune suggests that their healthier living style is one of the factors leading to this.  Their premiums are below the national average, at an average premium is of $173 a month.

In addition to their healthy lifestyle, the Tribune suggests these reasons for lower cost in healthcare:

  • -By not mandating coverage on certain coverage, such as contraceptives
  • -Utah employers offer health benefits at rates below the national average
  • - Insurance companies and their ability to negotiate discounts with hospitals.
You'll have the opportunity to hear from Norman Thurston, Health Reform Implementation, State of Utah, who will discuss the state of healthcare and reform in Utah during the panel Create Choice and Competition in Health Insurance Exchanges at the Health Insurance Exchange Conference this coming November.  For more information on the event, download the brochure.

What do you believe?  What makes Utah a place where health premiums are lower?

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