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People With Chronic Conditions Experience Benefits Of Wearing A Medical ID

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American Medical ID announced results of a customer survey regarding disease management in the workplace and cost implications of treatment in a medical emergency. The findings indicate that persons living with chronic medical conditions or allergies who did not wear a medical ID had an average hospital bill that was seven times more than the average bill for those who were wearing medical identification.

"With healthcare costs on the rise, the healthcare industry is looking for ways to reduce medical expenses," said Rick Russell, President and CEO of American Medical ID. "Wearing a medical ID is the simplest way for people to take control of their health and make sure their needs are communicated during an emergency. Medical IDs ensure that a patient will receive proper care, eliminate unnecessary testing and reduce the chance of costly medical errors."

Persons wearing a medical ID who experienced a medical incident at work which led to a trip to the emergency room averaged $3,753.27 for their hospital bill versus an average hospital bill of $26,395.32 for those not wearing a medical ID. The primary reasons for the discrepancy in the hospital costs include:

-- Patients may experience a more rapid diagnosis and treatment if wearing a medical ID, thus reducing the chance of long term medical implications. For example, a delay in treatment for a person living with diabetes experiencing hypoglycemia could lead to organ failure or amputation.

-- There is a lower chance for medical professionals administering potentially harmful medications or treatments, such as drugs that a patient may be allergic to, if the patient is wearing a medical ID. For example, Penicillin is the most common with one-in-ten of Americans reporting this drug allergy; however it is also one of the most commonly used drugs to avoid infection.

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-- The most expensive place to treat an individual is the emergency room, therefore if admission to the hospital can be avoided, the patient can potentially save thousands of dollars.

The survey also noted that some healthcare providers are reimbursing their patients for their medical ID purchase.

"With 75 percent of healthcare costs going to those with chronic diseases and the rise in incidences of those living with chronic diseases and allergies, many organizations are seeking to decrease healthcare expenditures from large employers to health plan providers to hospitals," said Dirk Van Slyke, Vice President Sales and Marketing of American Medical ID. "The survey findings reinforce the importance for anyone living with chronic conditions, allergies or taking certain medications to wear proper medical identification jewelry."

More than 8,800 American Medical ID customers completed the 15-minute online survey in August. The results were announced at this week's Health Management Congress event in Anaheim, Calif.

Additional Survey Information:

-- Of those surveyed, 12.6 percent kept their condition confidential in the workplace.

-- 15.4 percent of those employed either full time or part time had experienced a medical incident in the workplace.