An article caught my eye as I flipped through the August issue of Money magazine entitled the “High Price of Healthy Living.” It is an article with a few graphed statistics. I guess the headline worked because it slowed my flipping down to see exactly how having healthy eating habits and exercise can cost me more money over my lifetime.
The article shows that:
The average lifetime health care cost of healthy retirees is $260k.
The average lifetime health care cost of unhealthy retirees is $220k.
As a relatively healthy individual, I only visit my doctor a handful of times a year (and that is on a bad year too) for routine stuff like allergies or a sore throat. So maybe after a lifetime of healthy eating habits and exercising, I end up with a bum hip and back (don’t I have that already?) that needs constant attention from my doctor when I retire?
Then the article shows a graph that healthy retirees pay more out of pocket than unhealthy retirees. Is this one of those duh moments?
Finally, it shows a graph that healthy retirees is more likely to face more medical bills, use long term care, and end up in a nursing home… for MORE YEARS. Of course a lifetime of health eating habits and exercise is going to cost you more money for health care — you are living longer! Geez, what a waste of a page on the magazine.
You spend more money in general when you live longer, whether it is for health care or just the cable bill. I sure would not be complaining at 80 of facing another 10 years in health care cost if it means I can live longer and see my grandchildren grow up.
Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.
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