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Paid sick leave could save millions in healthcare costs

Posted On Wed, February 22, 2012

A study from The Institute for Women's Policy Research showed that more paid sick days for those consumers who lack them could save nearly $40 million in healthcare costs.

Nearly 1.6 million workers in New York City are without paid sick days, according to the news source. These items allow someone to get the help they need from a doctor, without having to miss pay. In addition, it helps stop consumers from using emergency rooms, which can be very expensive. In total, the study felt that costs would cut out as much as $39.5 million.

"Paid sick days help people to address their medical needs in a timely fashion without using hospital emergency departments, improving health outcomes and reducing the cost of health care," said Kevin Miller, study author and Senior Research Associate at IWPR.

Consumers who have a chronic health condition, or their office doesn't offer a sufficient plan, may benefit from comparing health insurance rates. This could aid them in finding something that is right for their situation.

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