Physician Contends Covering Fitness Programs In Health Insurance Would Significantly Reduce Care Costs.

The Orlando Sentinel (5/3, Shrieves) reported that health insurance companies “should pay for exercise classes, which would in turn reduce health-care costs, especially among high-risk groups, such as diabetics,” according to an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association. University of Florida’s Institute on Aging Director Dr. Marco Pahor “says health insurers — particularly federal programs such as Medicare — ought to pay for structured exercise classes because the health benefits and cost-savings outweigh the expense. ‘Cumulative work over the past few decades provides solid evidence for public policymakers to consider structured physical activity and exercise programs as worthy of insurance reimbursement,'” Dr. Pahor noted.

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