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Getting a full body health checkup in US

Amazon I❤👅👙
Nov 13

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.

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  • Apple GtCI06
    Same 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
    Nov 137
    • New / Engwhatsuppp
      Why don't US have one like this? Preventive care is much cheaper in the long run imo.
      Nov 14
    • Apple zrqv72
      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 14
    • New / Engwhatsuppp
      Good to know, thanks for sharing. But are blood test and stress test sufficient, given fairly high cancer rates in the US?

      I understand there may be a lot of researcg going on medical field to improve human longevity. Iam just wondering out of curiosity.
      Nov 14
    • Facebook Brexitin
      @zrqv72 assuming you never stepped outside US?
      Nov 14
    • Apple zrqv72
      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.
      Nov 14
    • Apple zrqv72
      Brexitin - I was born in another country, speak more languages than most diplomats and I have been on every continent including Antarctica. Any other stupid questions?
      Nov 14
    • Apple GtCI06
      Intervention is not always the best solution, is what health insurance companies love to hear from their customers. Money for their ears :)
      Nov 14
  • Microsoft Gutenberg
    Yeh 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.
    Nov 132
    • F5 Networks / Eng1u2ir8v3f7
      How and where does one get such a comprehensive test done in India?

      Is it at the well known big hospitals? And, how much does such a test cost usually?
      Nov 13
    • Amazon / Eng
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      unclebejjomore
      Any big hospital will have some or the other preventive health check plan they cost around $50 to 100.
      Nov 14
  • Facebook barca_
    Interesting, what were all the tests? Was it a lot of X-rays and blood tests? Or detailed physical exam + cardio measurement
    Nov 138
    • Facebook barca_
      There is a concept of "full-body scans" here but they're seen as a wasteful fad
      Nov 13
    • Amazon I❤👅👙
      OP
      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
      Nov 13
    • Amazon I❤👅👙
      OP
      @facebook are they covered by insurance or do companies provide it as a benefit?
      Nov 13
    • Microsoft /_-\
      CT scan? It's not good for your body to just CT scan for no reason.
      Nov 13
    • Amazon I❤👅👙
      OP
      No CT
      Nov 13
    • Facebook barca_
      Not a company provided benefit at any company in US as far as I know. And not covered by insurance either but not 100% on this point
      Nov 13
    • Akamai Technologies gyr
      I dont know what this test called.. they put sensors to your chest and then you run in threadmill which keeps increasing speed..that was intense! That gives you like 10 pages of graph which doctor verifies..
      Nov 13
    • New / Engwhatsuppp
      It's called stress test to evaluate your cardiovascular system
      Nov 14
  • New TimeOut
    Yes, 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.
    Nov 131
    • VMware nitO16
      Annual preventative checkup (which is definitely not as thorough as what op is describing) is covered by most insurances. Check your plan.
      Nov 14
  • Uber / EngnYf6sJ
    When 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.
    Nov 142
    • Facebook barca_
      Is dentistry a lot cheaper in India
      Nov 14
    • Amazon I❤👅👙
      OP
      Orders of magnitude.
      Nov 14
  • Amazon Bergen
    I think what you are looking for is calling an executive health check-up here. It's typically not covered by insurance.
    Nov 140
  • Apple Okidoki
    At 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.
    Nov 130

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