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Religion Notes

"Religion Notes" Continued...

Issue: "Rebel with a cause," Jan. 30, 1998

Healthy practices

Even HMO executives believe spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation can have a beneficial effect on one's health, a recent Yankelovich survey found. Of the 300 HMO professionals polled, 94 percent said they believed spiritual practices could aid medical treatment and hasten the healing process. Also, 74 percent agreed the positive effects of spirituality on medical treatment could reduce health-care costs. The findings were reported at the American Association of Health Plans' 1997 meeting.

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