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Document Number: 7264

Healthier and Wealthier: Decreasing Health Care Costs by Increasing Educational Attainment - According to this report, if every student in the class of 2005-06 graduates from high school, the nation could save $17.1 billion in lifetime health costs. Since healthcare costs are highest for the least educated, the authors calculated savings by combining the lifetime costs of Medicaid and expenditures for uninsured care, then multiplying this total by the number of students who drop out of the nationís high schools. If these students were to graduate instead, the nation would realize a significant benefit. The report argues that higher educational attainment improves a studentís future income, occupational status and social prestige, all of which contributes to improved individual health. The brief cites several reasons why, including the fact that Americans with higher educational attainment have more insurance coverage, individuals who lack health insurance receive less medical care and have poorer health outcomes and lower education levels generally lead to occupations with greater health hazards. (Alliance for Excellent Education, November 2006) ...

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