By having a health assessment it provides you with a better understanding of your own health and helps you to identify possible future health risks. Having a health assessment could show the early warning signs of illness and enable you to take the necessary steps for prevention.
There are many health screening centres across the UK and this means that wherever you live you should have access to the specialised assessment centres without having to travel too far.
Health assessments usually begin with a medical history and lifestyle questionnaire, you spend time with a GP or nurse for a consultation and physical examination and you have the opportunity to discuss and concerns you may have.
The cost of health screening is very much dependent on the level of assessment that you choose, from £130 to £700, you can choose screening that fits within your own budget.
Some of the private medical insurance providers offer discounts for health assessments for members who have private medical insurance plans with them. One of the major healthcare insurers in the UK has a wellbeing & lifestyle policy which allows its customers a 50% discount for health screening, providing their customers with major savings.
There are general assessments, male or female orientated, specific concern assessments i.e. Coronary or Colon health checks, in fact there are many options available with some of the smaller checks being completed as an add-on to the general screening plans.
Depending on the screening option you take, you may find that you will be required to fast prior to attending, blood tests and urine samples may also be taken on the day. It is important that you follow the appointment guidelines that you are given prior to attending.
Most of the results will be given to you on the day, however some tests do have to be sent to laboratories. The results of these should be back with you within two weeks of your appointment.
As a good example of Health screening is from BUPA. They offer Health Peak which is their most comprehensive Health Assessment and can be taken at the BUPA Centres Nationwide.
*BUPA confirm this Health Assessment is:
“A core set of tests aimed at identifying key health risks, directing you towards a healthier lifestyle through access to Bupa Boost and lifestyle support after the assessment. It also includes male or female health checks, an advanced fitness test and a consultation with a Bupa doctor for up to 60 minutes”.
*Source, BUPA.co.uk website (February 2016)
This Health check is available for people between the ages of 18 and 70 and takes a total of 2 hours 30 minutes to complete.
Essentially the main reason for having a Health Assessment is to give you peace of mind and although you actually may not feel ill at this moment in time you may be worried about certain health issues so talking this through with a doctor who has time for you to raise your concerns may put your mind at rest.
*Taking different forms of cancer as an example:
- When diagnosed at its earliest stage, more than 8 in 10 people with bladder cancer will survive their disease for five years or more, compared with around 1 in 10 people when the disease diagnosed at the latest stage.
- When diagnosed at its earliest stage, around all women with breast cancer will survive their disease for five years or more, compared with 3 in 20 women when the disease diagnosed at the latest stage.
- When diagnosed at its earliest stage, more than a third of people with lung cancer will survive their disease for five years or more, compared with around 5 in 100 of people when diagnosed at a later stage.
*Source: Cancer Research UK (February 2016)
The benefits of diagnosing conditions at the earliest possible stage and getting prompt treatment can give you the best possible chance of survival making a Health Assessment one of the best ways to monitor your own personal health.