By Rosa Raponi Newton
Research out of Quebec shows that meditation could lead to $300 million in cost savings per year for that provinces’ health insurance system. This information comes from a study which looked at how much money the province was paying out to the doctors who treated the 2836 patients who participated in the study. Half of the patients practiced transcendental meditation (TM), while the other half did not. Researchers found that there was no difference in funds paid out to doctors before meditation was learned, but in the 6 years following, the doctors of meditators were paid approximately 13% less per year than the doctors of those who did not meditate. “This is a significant finding, one that could help reduce the soaring health care costs of Canada’s provincial governments,” says Robert Herron, Ph.D., lead author of the study and Director of the Health Management Research Center at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.
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