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BevIsHopeful
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Sarniajoy wrote:

In the US do most people go for annual health checks?


We are encouraged to, but most probably do not.  I only do because one, the nurse at the corporation where I worked did yearly checkups of every employee, which included weight, height, bp, heart rate, and blood work to check organ function (liver and kidney mainly).  She was very big on preventative healthcare and also offered courses (which we were encouraged to attend) on healthy living.  I also remember her having everyone answer a questionnaire that revealed our health age versus our actual age.

Now, our doctor has both my husband and I come in every three to four months to have blood-lipid profiles, and for me she monitors my autoimmunity (I tend to have various nasty antibodies in my blood that concern them).

And, with the children, they were seen every few months until the age of two, and then every year until the age of twelve.  Even then, doctors encourage yearly exams, but I would only take them if they were ill or in need of the sports physical (which is also a yearly exam if the kids want to participate in school sports.)

Honestly, Sarniajoy, I think here because we have privatized healthcare, the doctors encourage any behavior that ultimately makes them the most money.  But, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, certainly, especially in cases of chronic diseases or cancers.
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jaqueline
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does the medical insurance work there Bev? What happens if you can't pay that insurance?

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