You’re more likely to suffer significant ailments and incur higher medical costs if you skip preventive dental and vision exams, according to the latest Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health of America report*.
The report found that nationwide, Blue Cross members with serious dental conditions were 25 percent more likely to suffer heart disease, autoimmune disorders, anemia, gastro-intestinal disorders and renal disease.
In addition, they were twice as likely to visit the emergency room and experience nearly two fewer years of healthy life.
The same is true when members skip regular vision exams. According to the study, they are twice as likely to visit an emergency room and suffer autoimmune disease, stroke, renal failure and diabetes. Members with these conditions are twice as likely to visit the emergency room and have more than two fewer years of healthy life.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s chief medical officer, Dr. Debra Esser, outlines why preventive care is vital to good health.
*The findings are based on medical claims data from nearly every county in America.