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February 10, 1984

Insurance Premium Reductions: A Motivating Factor in Long-term Hypertensive Treatment

Author Affiliations

From the National High Blood Pressure Education Program, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, Md (Dr Moser); the Association of Life Insurance Medical Directors of America, Philadelphia (Drs Rafter and Gajewski).

JAMA. 1984;251(6):756-757. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340300048028

Elevated blood pressure substantially increases mortality and requires, therefore, high premium payments for life insurance coverage. Most life insurance companies are willing to reduce the cost of yearly premiums when blood pressure is successfully treated and controlled for several years. Physicians should bring these facts to their patients' attention as a motivating factor to improve adherence to therapy.

(JAMA 1984;251:756-757)