Health Check Ups during COVID-19: Which one is right for me and my family?

Looking after your physical health during a global pandemic is essential. You, like many others, may be worried that you are immunocompromised and unaware of it — even if you feel perfectly healthy today.

We often place the state of our health on the backburner, until we start to fall ill or notice alarming symptoms. What if we could determine health risks before they start becoming a problem?

Health screenings are important for everyone

No matter your age, getting your health condition screened helps to detect the presence of disease or deterioration even when symptoms are not showing yet — and not all diseases show symptoms.

When diseases and potential risks are detected early, this usually leads to a higher chance of successful treatments and lower complications. In some cases, it can make a difference between life and death.

Prevention is the best cure. Imagine finding out that you are at high risk for heart disease during your routine health screening. Knowing that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the world, wouldn’t that make a difference with how you look after your heart health and the lifestyle choices you make?

Now imagine that you never went to that health screening, never scheduled one in the future and never got to know that you were at risk for heart disease. Fast forward five years, you suddenly discover that you need an invasive, risky, and expensive heart bypass surgery which can cost upwards of around TH฿ 465,600 (US$ 15,000).

An annual health screening that costs around TH฿ 15,000-30,000 (US$ 500-1000) is an inconsequential investment in comparison and yet potentially life-changing.

If disease is diagnosed at a later stage and major surgery is necessary, it is not only more complex and riskier but carries heavy financial and emotional burden in addition to loss of potential income.

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Decide on your health screening strategy

How often you will need a health screening depends on your age, gender, health condition and health objective.

Packages at clinics and hospitals are commonly offered according to age brackets and gender, and these are additional key considerations:

  • Your family’s medical history of up to three generations — grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, uncles and aunties, nieces and nephews
  • Your lifestyle habits — do you smoke, drink, exercise regularly or are you reliant on medication?
  • Your past and existing medical conditions — what are your recurring symptoms or concerns?
  • Your fertility — are you pregnant or planning to start a family?
  • Your sexual health — are you sexually active?

Choosing the right package for you is more important than choosing the most comprehensive one. For example, opt-out of the CT scan when unnecessary; it exposes the patient to radiation and can increase the risk of cancer.

If your concern involves risks from contracting COVID-19, the priority will be to check on your respiratory health and other underlying medical conditions, including your immune system health.

Do take the time to understand what conditions you will be screened for; these are some of the most common:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung disease

Knowing is better than not knowing

Ignorance is bliss in some instances but never when it comes to your health! We tend to delay scheduling a health screening, partly for fear of the reveal. What if you discover a serious medical condition that could alter the course of your life?

Well, what if you discovered it too late?

Early detection is not only medically benefitting — it can also save you from the financial burden of expensive and unexpected treatments, mental stress and wasting valuable time.

You deserve peace of mind when it comes to your health — and your loved ones’ health. Take this opportunity to be a proactive healthcare decision-maker for your family while they are still healthy. Don’t be afraid to speak with them about their medical history!

Many diseases are preventable and treatable when diagnosed early before they become serious health issues, common examples include breast cancer for women and prostate cancer for men.

Your experience during a health screening matters

It is important to research where and when to schedule your next health screening. Choose a medical facility that will provide you with comfort, transparent waiting time and professional consultation. Make sure you are not stressed out before your checkup otherwise your blood pressure and heart rate readings may be off.

Your detailed health screening should conclude with a thorough doctor consultation, who will be able to explain the test results and recommend next steps for you. We advise you to prepare specific questions for the doctor in advance about any health concerns you have. 

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It is also important that the medical facility you choose prioritises patient safety and adopts all COVID-19 safety and infection protocols. Typically, this information can be found online or via customer service calls.

Choosing the right health screening package is made simpler with us. We offer packages that are tailored for you and your family. Gift the give of health from our selection of packages:

For enquiries, please send us an email: support@intermedika.com

 

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