The medical profession has always strongly advocated the advisability of regular medical check-ups. A policy of early detection of any potential disease normally results in the greater medical opportunity, at a reduced cost, of overcoming the problem while it remains in its infancy and while the body retains much of its robustness to withstand any severe medical intervention.
Today’s specialist doctors are aided in their medical evaluations by a battery of innovative, non-invasive and minimally-invasive high-tech equipment and the availability of broad spectrum laboratory analysis of blood, urine, stool and tissues, which culminates in a far more precise diagnosis than anything previously possible. In fact, the medical diagnostic procedures, adopted over the last 20 or so years, in the Western world have elevated modern medicine into a completely new realm of investigative and diagnostic accuracy.
Many health insurance companies mandate that you undergo some form of medical evaluation prior to their issuance of an appropriate insurance policy. The aims of such medical testing very often is to substantiate possible pre-existing medical conditions which may or may not be covered by the issuance of a policy subject to certain conditions. Some insurance companies encourage and may even contribute financially to regular medical evaluations, again on the principle that early detection of any underlying conditions will hopefully necessitate a simpler and less costly response.
As we age and become more vulnerable to potential serious diseases, and in keeping with the early detection policy, it is advisable to increase the frequency of your medical evaluations. Throughout adult life, while in good health, a once per five year medical review may be sufficient. Hence it is recommended that as we age beyond 50 years the test frequency should increase to once every 2 years and after 60 years of age an annual review may prove more appropriate.
Many health centers have now developed “Wellness programs” which schedule their patients for standardized in-depth medical reviews at a frequency dependent on their age and payment structure of their membership. Such programs normally cluster a battery of non and minimally-invasive tests into what are euphemistically called “Executive Medical Evaluations”. Many such innovative programs require a 1-2 day stay at a clinic and involve a complete array of standard tests from dynamic ECgs to colonoscopies and in addition a full spectrum body fluids analysis. The recommended frequency and additional specific tests conducted will also be dependent on your family’s medical history.
Medical evaluations have the following main objectives:
• Allow an opportunity for the patient to discuss their health concerns with qualified medical professionals.
• The early detection of disease.
• An appraisal of your risk factors to potential diseases.
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