The association between health assessment-derived summary health scores and health care costs
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OBJECTIVE: To study the association between summary health scores and health care costs in the following year. METHODS: Eligible employees (N = 20,662) completed a health assessment (HA) which provided an overall summary health score (THPS) and subscores for Modifiable Health Potential (MHPS), Quality of Life (QOLS), and Non-Modifiable Health Potential (NMHPS). Annual health care costs were predicted using ordinary least square regression models for THPS, MHPS, and QOLS. RESULTS: Single point increments in THPS, MHPS, and QOLS were associated with $14.00, $5.40, and $49.70 lower health care costs in the following year, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: HA-derived lifestyle-related modifiable health factors as well as factors related to quality of life expressed as summary health scores are associated with health care costs in the following year.
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