Rx for soaring health costs: Give more Americans a ‘purpose in life’

Are people who have a "sense of purpose" in life more likely to take advantage of cost-saving preventive healthcare services? Researches put the theory to a test.  (Joe Raedle|Getty Images)

Are people who have a “sense of purpose” in life more likely to take advantage of cost-saving preventive healthcare services? Researches put the theory to a test. (Joe Raedle|Getty Images)

By Karen Kaplan
Los Angeles Times—November 3, 2014

Researchers have an unconventional idea for reducing medical costs in the U.S.: Give more Americans a sense of purpose.

You see, people who believe their lives have purpose are motivated to optimize their health. That means they’re more likely than other folks to take advantage of preventive health services, like cancer screenings. And people who take advantage of preventive healthcare save the medical system big bucks.

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