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An Ounce of Prevention Saves Cash and Keeps Employees Healthy

Your GuideStone® medical coverage can help your employees stay healthy — with no out-of-pocket costs to them — just by taking advantage of your health plan's preventive care offerings.

Plus, when they stay healthy, it can keep your costs in check, too!

Many employees don't utilize these important services because they’re not aware of the benefits or believe they are too busy to make an appointment.

Here are a few easy things your ministry can do to encourage employees to use preventive care:

  • Provide each employee with a copy of your plan's preventive care schedule.
  • Share a copy of this handout to help them develop a plan to use their benefits.
  • Encourage them to use SmartShopper® to earn cash back on preventive mammograms and colonoscopies.

Get a copy of your plan's preventive care schedule.

Preventive care saves dollars and improves lives.

Compare the cost for preventive care services versus treatment for these common conditions. Encourage your employees to take advantage of preventive care to monitor their health.

Preventive care screening options Insurance participant's charge Estimated cost for treatment What's the risk?
Diabetes screening Free for those age 40 and older once every three years. Diabetes and prediabetes cost $322 billion per year.1
The excess lifetime medical spending for one person with diabetes is $124,600.2
Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. Another 86 million have prediabetes.1
Mammogram One preventive mammogram per year for all women age 40 and older. The average cost to treat breast cancer is about $25,285.3 In 2017, more than 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women.4
Colon cancer screening One preventive colonoscopy per year for men and women age 50 and older. The annual expenditure for colorectal cancer treatment is $14 billion.5
Chemotherapy cost for colon cancer: $45,997.6
The risk for colon cancer is 1 in 20.7
At least 60% of colon cancer deaths could be prevented if everyone age 50 and older received a colonoscopy.8

1 http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/infographics/adv-staggering-cost-of-diabetes.html
2 http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/37/9/2557
3 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/10/03/breast-cancer-costs-hard-nail/73292584/
4 http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/Statistics.html
5 http://www.stopcoloncancernow.com/spread-awareness/news/cost-of-colonoscopy-is-less-than-treating-colon-cancer
6 https://www.drugwatch.com/2015/10/07/cost-of-cancer/
7 http://www.stopcoloncancernow.com/buttseriously/colon-cancer-news/how-common-is-colon-cancer-anyway
8 http://www.stopcoloncancernow.com/spread-awareness/colon-cancer-awareness-month

Plan for care to save cash.

This handout will help your employees navigate their preventive care benefits.

Get the Details

Earn cash rewards for preventive care.

SmartShopper will pay your employees cash just for shopping for the best price for their preventive mammogram or colonoscopy.

Learn How.