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Can We Lower the Cost of Health Care by Meditating?

“How long before you are paid to meditate?”

Ian Gawler of Whatmeditationreallyis.com reports: 

Results of a large 5 year study published last year in the American Journal of Health Promotion compared 142 meditators with 142 matched non-meditators.

The results? After the first year, the TM meditators’ expenditure on doctors had decreased by 11%. After 5 years, the regular meditators (about 20 mins twice daily) had reduced their cumulative health costs by nearly 30%. That is quite a reduction. As you might expect for people getting older, over the 5 years the non-meditating group’s expenditure rose.

But would doctors support meditation being used more widely? Based on the widespread acceptance of meditation by Family Physicians we can be reasonably confident they would. A survey of nearly 500 General Practitioners published in the Medical Journal of Australia (see link below – ref. 1) found that over 80% had referred patients for meditation and nearly half had considered using meditation personally. Furthermore, 34% of the GPs in the survey had actually trained in meditation.”

You can read the rest of his report “How Long Before You Are Paid to Meditate?” online. 

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