Health checkup packages faulted
- Published: 1/02/2013 at 09:48 AM
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Routine health checkup packages sold at hospitals are luring consumers into paying for unnecessary tests, the Public Health Ministry's research agency said.
Yot Teerawattananon, senior researcher at the Health Interventional and Technology Assessment Programme (Hitap), said on Thursday a two-year study of health checkup packages found many tested for diseases that do not need to be checked for every year.
Superfluous tests offered in the packages include lung X-rays and prostrate cancer checkups, Dr Yot said.
Only men aged over 70 should undergo prostrate cancer checkups every year as they are the high-risk group, he said.
In fact, many packages failed to include important exams such as checking for hepatitis B, which could cause liver cancer, Dr Yot said. The government is paying for packages for civil servants which include unnecessary tests.
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