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Governments, health insurance companies should provide full coverage for learning Transcendental Meditation: Medical cost reduction expert
by Linda Egenes

Transcendental Meditation Magazine    Translate This Article
2 June 2014

In the conclusion of a recent interview, Dr. Robert Herron* explains why the federal and state governments, as well as health insurance organizations in the U.S. should provide full insurance coverage for learning the Transcendental Meditation technique as soon as possible.'

Linda Egenes: I understand that the Transcendental Meditation technique has also been shown to be a cost-effective way to treat mental disorders such as chronic anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Robert Herron:
Yes. Three research studies that evaluated the impact of Transcendental Meditation practice on veterans who suffer from PTSD found dramatic declines in negative tendencies, as well as increases in happiness, harmony, positive attitudes, and wholesome, productive lifestyles. The numerous testimonials from these veterans indicate that the TM technique completely changed their lives and, in many cases, saved them from suicide. These early studies are now being repeated in other settings with many more veterans by the (U.S.) Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.

Linda Egenes: Based on your research and knowledge of the healthcare system, what would it take to get a preventive program such as the Transcendental Meditation technique widely adopted?

Dr. Herron:
For a preventive program such as the TM technique to become widely adopted, the federal and state governments and health insurance organizations simply need to examine the entire body of TM research that verifies its health benefits. Then, in the best interests of their constituents and consumers, they could provide full insurance coverage for starting the TM technique as soon as possible. Governments would save large amounts of money and would be able to balance their budgets more easily.

So the solution is simple: just add a TM benefit. If the TM technique were made available to the entire population, it could become a powerful means to prevent disease and enhance happiness and progress in all areas of life.

* Robert E. Herron, Ph.D., is an independent researcher, writer, speaker, and consultant in medical cost reduction and economic policy, and director of the Center for Holistic Systems Analysis in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

Linda Egenes is co-editor of Enlightenment: The Transcendental Meditation® Magazine. She is the author of five books, including Super Healthy Kids: A Parent's Guide to Maharishi Ayurveda, co-authored with Kumuda Reddy, M.D.

See previous articles in this series:
An affordable solution to healthcare
Can Transcendental Meditation help lower healthcare costs?
Transcendental Meditation reduces stress, improves health, decreases costs
'The impossible has become the common experience' of people who practise Transcendental Meditation regularly
Growing body of research shows reduced medical care usage in people practising Transcendental Meditation

Related links
View Dr. Herron's slides on Transcendental Meditation and Reduced Healthcare Costs
Read how the TM technique can reduce costs for veterans

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