The study further notes that among the three groups studied (married, single and cohabiting), those men who are living unwed with their partner are the least likely to have had preventative medicine screenings in the past year such as blood or cholesterol tests. The findings apply to both older and younger men. As the study noted, “Cohabiting men are a group particularly at risk of not receiving clinical preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.”
The reason for the differences are not understood at the moment. The findings were actually a surprise, and the lead author of the study, Stephen Blumberg, said the results were, “completely unexpected.” He did note the findings indicate those who are living with a man out-of-wedlock may need to take a more active role in helping their partner make health care decisions, and have more thorough discussions about getting healthy with him.
These finding seem to indicate there will be a significant amount of monetary savings for those who are married compared to those who are cohabiting. Men who are taking better care of their health, and are going to see their doctor for preventative medicine, are much more likely, on average, to be healthier. Doing these things should also decrease the amount of money they need to spend on healthcare, plus allow them to avoid many of the extra indirect costs which come with being less healthy.
Couples who are married have the ability to get dental, health, and other insurance benefits through their spouses employment, rather than each having to find insurance on their own when they live together. It’s often much easier to obtain insurance for the entire family when couples are married. There’s also often an opportunity for the family to pick the best insurance option from two competing company policies. In the end, the family will usually get better insurance coverage at less cost, and with much less hassle, than they could get when simply living together.
Another major benefit for couples who are married compared to those who are simply living together, is the ability to receive their partner’s property and other assets if an unfortunate death should occur. Being married provides a much more simple and less expensive path to resolving a person’s estate when a death occurs. Usually all of the spouses property will go to the other spouse. For those who are cohabiting, the process of dividing up the estate can be much more complicated and much more costly.
There are number of government benefits that come with being married which aren’t available to those who are cohabiting. A perfect example is survivors benefits from retirement plans and Social Security. Those who are married will receive them, while those who are living together, in many cases, will not.
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