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Yearly Checkup Pays Off

Caryn Ireland Caryn Ireland

By Angela Keen

(KHNL) - That yearly health checkup may pay off more than you realize.  A study released by health insurer HMSA shows those who participated in a yearly checkup reduced their medical costs and improved their health. 

HMSA followed those who take advantage of it's free program called HealthPass from 2002 to 2005.  The study shows, people who participated in the annual checkup ended up healthier, and they actually saved about $500 on their health care costs per year.

Caryn Ireland who works with HMSA's Health Promotion and Preventative Services said, "So, certainly in the study we saw significant declines in people that may have had high numbers of those particular issues and part of that is having them go back and making sure they are well connected with their physician they might have started a better exercise program they may have made changes in their diet. All of those things are what is about keeping people healthy and getting people healthy."

HealthPass takes about 20 to 30 minutes of your time, it requires you to fast four hours before the exam.  It is available for HMSA members and there is also a special HealthPass program for teens.  For more information on how you can participate in the free HMSA HealthPass just log click on the HMSA website link.  

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