Why Do You Need A Master Health Checkup?

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 centres 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 centre so that it can provide you with the best plan and does not involve any unnecessary tests. The hospitals of the centres must ensure that you are not going to be exposed to the radiation for unnecessary reasons.

How To Plan For Diagnostic Imaging Expansion With Healthcare Programs Being Uncertain

Medical facilities are struggling to determine how to accommodate the uncertainty surrounding our current healthcare dilemma. The Affordable Healthcare Act (AHCA) was established to increase the number of people who would be insured to receive healthcare benefits, by as many as 30 million people, thereby increasing demand for diagnostic imaging services. However, the initial enrollment for these benefits have been somewhat disappointing with less than six million people applying, of which many have yet to obtain confirmed coverage and a substantial number of these people are switching from existing coverages they already had, but were canceled and forced to enroll under the new program. The net gain of new and previously uninsured enrollees – unknown, but we can safely assume these numbers are very low. Therefore, how do we determine if diagnostic imaging demand will increase or reduce? And how should we plan to accommodate this uncertainty?

We also must consider the reduction in reimbursements for most diagnostic procedures. The AHCA has established procedure guidelines and acceptable reimbursements schedules. These reimbursement schedules are also being adopted by public and private insurance providers as well. There would be no reason for them to provide coverages that exceed those mandated by government. Now we have to ask ourselves that if we reduce the number and kinds of tests we perform and then find a way to provide them at a lower cost – are we still offering the level of healthcare that is necessary to maintain the best available healthcare in the world? And will this result in an increase or decrease of required resources?

Another dilemma appears to be the continued decrease of available physicians. Reductions in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements for physician services has also decreased. Combine those decreases with reductions that private and public insurance carriers have implemented and a significant number of physicians have opted for early retirement or alternative professions. Does the reduced number of available doctors effect the need to have additional testing available as remaining doctors are overloaded and can not spend sufficient time with patients to determine the most effective diagnosis?

The solutions are complicated and no one really knows where this will end but we can make some good calculated guesses. Firstly, if those who have lost insurance coverage are able to enroll and get coverage, the net loss to that group is minimal. If some that were not insured, now are, a slight gain may be experienced. Therefore, when evaluating the potential gain or loss of patients, we might assume the numbers don’t change all that much (even though they were suppose to). Reimbursements are reducing, but if other costs, such as the lower cost of living, stable taxes and reduced equipment costs through enhanced technology – reduced reimbursements may be survivable. Lastly, the increase of Physician Assistances and Professional Nurse Practitioners may accommodate for the reduction of available physicians.

The bottom line is, make good business decisions when acquiring systems based upon historical numbers which don’t seem to be changing much in spite of what we have changed and how things are now being done.