It’s been said that on ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of Cure. That is more than just a cute saying … it’s sound advice. Enter the world of Preventive Care – that is care received in advance of developing a chronic condition. It may include anything that prevents health problems. The idea of getting preventive care like screenings & immunizations, will help you stay healthy.And that’s a good thing!Maintaining healthy lifestyle choices includes sensible eating, exercise and regular checkups … the whole idea being to catch health issues BEFORE they become a problem.I’ll bet we can really get your attention if we suggest that preventive care can also have a huge impact on your personal bottom line (read: your wallet). Did you realize health care costs are the Number 1 cause of bankruptcy?Let’s take a closer look … according to the financial website, The Balance…Preventive care helps lower health care costs in America by preventing diseases before they require emergency room care. Why is this a problem? Hospital care is very expensive, making up one-third of all health care costs in America. The number of emergency room visits is increasing, from 115 million in 2005 to 136 million in 2011. A surprising one out of every five adults went to the emergency room last year.One reason is that a lot of them use the emergency room as their primary care physician. Nearly half of them (46.3 percent) went because they really had no other place to go for health care. That’s especially true for the uninsured.The cost of emergency room care for the uninsured is a staggering $10 billion a year. This cost gets shifted to your health insurance premiums and to Medicaid.The point is you want to prevent health issues from becoming serious, and that means less financial strain on your wallet and a more positive impact on the entire health system. One of the good programs to come from the Affordable Care Act was the provision that supported Preventive Care. It is now a requirement for insurance companies, health sharing ministry plans, Medicare and Medicaid.Now factor in the savings for NOT having to go to the emergency room for treatment, preventing healthcare waste (unnecessary services, overprescribing medications, and abundant administrative costs), not to mention fraud, we could move toward a more sustainable health system.Even if you have health insurance or other medical coverage don’t assume your health is taken care of. Make good choices with your health … choose a healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses. Take positive steps to join the 10% of Americans who are taking charge of their health – take control and live longer!Moving forward … check out these simple steps for living a healthy lifestyle. Start today!