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Poll: Entrepreneurs May Have Better Health

Poll: Entrepreneurs May Have Better Health
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WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. entrepreneurs are less likely to report chronic health problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, a survey indicates.

The findings are based on more than 273,175 interviews conducted Jan. 2, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2012, with U.S. adults as a part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Gallup classified 6,896 of these respondents as entrepreneurs if they self-identified themselves as both self-employed and as a business owner.

Entrepreneurs report better health habits than other workers, which might be responsible, in part, for the lower chronic disease rates for this group.

Entrepreneurs were more likely than other employed adults to say they exercise frequently — 60 percent versus 54 percent. Sixty-one percent of entrepreneurs said they ate fruit and vegetables regularly versus 55 percent of other workers, and 67 percent of entrepreneurs were more likely to say they ate healthy all day yesterday compared to 61 percent of other workers. However, smoking rates were about equal between entrepreneurs and other U.S. workers.

One in four of the entrepreneurs lacked health insurance, compared to 10 percent of other workers. The reason for the difference is not clear, but it could either reflect the high cost of health insurance for individuals and small-business owners or a greater willingness of entrepreneurs to accept the risk in not having health insurance because they are healthier.

Entrepreneurs were more likely to not have enough money to pay for the healthcare or medicine they or their families needed and also significantly less likely than other workers to say they visited a dentist in the past year.

The margin of error for the entrepreneurs was 1. 4 percentage points, while the margin of error of the employed non-entrepreneurs was 0.2 percentage points.

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  • Robert Smith

    “Entrepreneurs were more likely to not have enough money to pay for the healthcare or medicine they or their families needed and also significantly less likely than other workers to say they visited a dentist in the past year.”

    Then why are they allegedly so opposed to universal health care? Not having insurance is for sure against their best interest.

    Seems to me it’s because they recognize that when the do get insurance for themselves and more importantly for their staff it’s linked to EMPLOYMENT and thus they have more control over their employees.

    That control extends to organizations that don’t want to pay for birth control, etc. They can press THEIR beliefs upon their staff. Oh sure, staff can pay the bills themselves, but particularly for low wage workers it’s yet another “play my way or pay.”

    We need universal health care so entrapranures don’t put their business at risk if they get sick.

    Rob

    • http://keith@paintballpartyz.com keith

      Robert Smith, my small business is like MOST—-i don’t have employees. i tried to buy health ins once and they raised the price every 4 months , i hadn’t claimed anything , i was in my 20′s and in perfic health. I called the ins co and asked—- why is it ok when we signed a one year contract and you violate it ( in my opinion ) by demanding price increases on what was already a painfully expensive expensive.
      Most going business concers that suceed start just like me—very very small. if you can’t control costs—your done.
      this misguided mandate now forces me to buy ins from the same contract abusers or pay a fine. i will probally pay the fine, i’m sure most small selfemployed persons will. Then when that cost raises every 4 months i will accuse the goverment of being a contract abuser.

    • Janice Dempsey

      The problem with “universal health care” and/or insurance in general is that it eliminates personal responsibility because someone else is paying the bill. Back when patients actually saw an itemized statement of medical charges, I saw the hospital had charged for an expensive procedure that had not been done. When I contacted them to get the charge removed, the response was, “I don’t know why you care, since the charge is covered by insurance.”

      As a small business owner, my husband chose to pay for his own medical expenses rather than be carried on the company insurance. The reason for that was to keep the premiums down for his employees’ coverage. It certainly wasn’t because he wanted more control of his employees.

    • Bill

      Robert,
      Another dumb remark, Robert. Just wait until you see the real costs of your universal health care. You have taken a drug based healing system that promotes profits over healing and have made it more expensive and less efficient.

      Your universal health care is forced upon us and we have to pay for it. It is not about healing the poor, it is about taxation and government power, but you are too ignorant to see that.

      How about a system that rewards people for practicing preventative medicine without seeing the drug dealing bureaucrats.

      • Chester

        Bill, the one big problem with your system is that it works just about as well as praying everyone well. In other words, pray you don’t get seriously sick, or have a heart attack, as there is no help available through either system if you do. Yeah, and can add Scientology to that mix, as they hate meds almost as much as you do.

      • Robert Smith

        From Bill: “Your universal health care is forced upon us and we have to pay for it. It is not about healing the poor, it is about taxation and government power, but you are too ignorant to see that.”

        Yup, someone has to pay. But as things are now we OVERPAY because the huge corporations are in it for the profit, not necessarily your healt care. When a question comes up from me or my doctor it’s answered by someone from India or the like. They have no real interest in how my health is doing, all they want to do is figure out a way to deny coverage so they can add to their yearly bonus.

        I’d rather have someone making my health decisions about coverage who is really interested in my well being more than their bottom line.

        So, right now I’m FORCED into a “plan” that doesn’t really let me choose who I can go to for treatment… They have to be in plan.

        Vs.

        A government plan that allows me to choose like the way it works in England and Canada..

        Rob

      • Robert Smith

        From Chester: “Yeah, and can add Scientology to that mix, as they hate meds almost as much as you do.”

        My sister watched her father-in-law die in her kitchen because as a CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST he wouldn’t allow the paramedics to be called for his heart attack. He and her husband told her to pray.

        A short time later she divorced him because she didn’t want her kids to grow up without proper medical treatments available. She got custody.

        Rob

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