The Yearly Master Health Checkup is a wide-ranging health checkup that is used to provide protection from several diseases. Overall, the Master Health checkup is a complete medical package that runs yearly.
There are three important factors to consider before you select a Master health checkup plan-
1. All tests should be targeted according to the age, gender, history of health issues, diet, lifestyle, and a number of other factors.
2. The frequency and number of these tests should be according to the international guidelines and can be determined by the available information. These tests should be performed at regular intervals.
3. Avoid any unnecessary tests that can cause any physical harm. This involves mental harm and radiation risks.
Prevention is better than cure
These tests not only detect the symptoms, but also protect you from all the physical pain that you will have to go through if the disease gets severe. If you address the issue early, most diseases can be cured and prevented. It also makes you more functional and energetic. Overall, it helps you maintain your health.
Because it's affordable
Medical care is expensive. But, investing money on preventive health care will save you a lot of money in the future. It is better to spend some money on these preventive measures instead of spending a huge amount of money on treating serious illnesses later.
What to look for?
However, most of the providers fail on many such aspects. First of all, there is no guidance or regulation for the hospitals and diagnostic centers regarding these checkups. Second, a number of tests are no way related to better service. Health screening programs in the developed countries have a set of national guidelines that state the tests to be conducted, the targeted population and the frequency of these tests. Everything is conducted so randomly that it beats the point of the screening.
Avoid unnecessary tests
Some diagnostic centers include scans like X-rays, MRIs, CT scans in their plan which involves radiation. It has a great risk and should be avoided unless there is a requirement of the imaging. Most of the health checkup packages offer these scans even though they don't have any benefit. This might not only be a waste of money but can also be risky. For example, for asymptomatic patients, routine chest x-rays are avoided because of the radiation risk. Also, in the paediatric wellness checks for children, chest x-rays have become a part.
Another group that is targeted with unnecessary checkups is women. The plans include tests like Mammography and Pap test which are meant for women in a particular age group. Doing these tests randomly can be misleading.
So, before you go for the checkup, make sure that you do it from a reputed diagnostic center so that it can provide you with the best plan and does not involve any unnecessary tests. The hospitals of the centers must ensure that you are not going to be exposed to the radiation for unnecessary reasons.