In an analysis of the claims costs data for 2007 and 2008, 144 pastors who had participated in the HM program were compared to 343 non-participants (control group). Adjusted medical costs were reduced by % for HM participants in comparison with an increase of % for the control group. For the adjusted pharmacy costs, an increase of % was found compared with an increase of % for the control group. Total 2008 savings as a result of the HM program are estimated at $585 per participant, yielding a return on investment of :1. These findings show that HM stress-reduction and coherence-building techniques can reduce health care costs.