I moved from India to the U.S. in India we had a concept of a annual full body health checkup. This was provided as a benefit from the company.
Here we went to the hospital early in the morning and they conducted a very comprehensive health checkup from head to toe including lot of tests for cardio health.
In US does Amazon have such benefit? I didn't find it.
I asked my doctor if my health plan covers any such thing and SHE said no. She said in US she will have to refer me to a specialist and the specialist will recommend tests only in his area.
This will cost me thousands of dollars in the US and months of waiting time. In India this was free.
- Apple GtCI06Same back in Japan. Every year full body scans, blood and urine, x rays, and depending on your age, stomach camera checks every few years. Every employee was entitled to this. If something did not check out you’d get a call from a doc to look further at no cost
- The US doesn’t have it because in the modern world we understand that getting X-rays and “full body scans” annually when you are healthy provides zero benefits and actually leads to misdiagnoses. There is tons of research on that - doctors essentially seeing something small that would usually be ignored and intervening when they shouldn’t. Beyond that there is the whole concept of radiation overdose. As for Apple I get a 2.5 hour physical every year with blood work (that’s normal to do yearly) and a stress test (that has value to me because I care about my vo2).Nov 144
- Yes blood tests and stress tests are sufficient unless you have a very high cancer risk. Even then they try to limit mammograms or other tests because intervention is not always the best solution. You can do more harm than good. Cancer rates may be higher in the US compared to India because there is better screening here.
- Microsoft GutenbergYeh I can totally relate to you. The healthcare system in India is so much better than in US. I have been in US for more than 5 years, but I still do my comprehensive tests on my trip to India.
It’s not the money that bothers me but the fact that the doctors seem to be incapable of doing a comprehensive diagnosis. Even a GP doesn’t seem to consider the whole body as one picture. Unless you explicitly tell them ‘this is what I need to get done’, they’ll just follow a minimalistic scrip - check ENT, visual skin inspection, some basic physical cognitive test (yeh for a healthy 25 year old) and blood test that won’t even cover Vit D !
I feel like I need to have a lot of healthcare knowledge (with no better source than Google) to stay fit in US vs if I am in India, a professional doctor is in charge of being my reliable source.
- Interesting, what were all the tests? Was it a lot of X-rays and blood tests? Or detailed physical exam + cardio measurement
- I don't remember all the tests... But it took from morning to late afternoon. In the end we got a thick book of all test results and a doctor reviewed it and gave advise for further consultation. Most of the times nothing further was required but it was a great feature for early detection of some problem
- New TimeOutYes, I miss that. It was a great benefit which I don't get in the US. Indeed, here I am afraid to go to the doc for any regular check-up or test because it's expensive as fuck. Because of this free full-body checkup, I was diagnosed with breast tumors at an early state which could have otherwise turned into breast cancer.
- Uber / EngnYf6sJWhen you want to do a real check up, do it when you visit India.
Same thing for any dental treatment other than straight X-ray and cleaning.
- Apple OkidokiAt Kaiser we get a free physical exam every year (I believe simple blood test included) and women get free pap test screening every 3 years. At a certain age you might be entitled to more tests depending on your age and gender and potential risk groups (prostate cancer/breast cancer). If there is anything abnormal noticed during the physical exam then doctor obviously refers for further tests.