Remember that a good health screening does not mean testing for the most number of conditions or diseases. It should only contain relevant tests and not tests that are unnecessary.
When planning to go for a health screening, we are often inundated with a barrage of choices – which tests to do, which screening package to choose from, or how comprehensive it should be. You might think that the more tests are done, the better it is, since more conditions will be screened for. However, this is not necessarily true.
Doing more tests than is necessary may make you more worried, incur unnecessary costs, and result in overdiagnosis and overtreatment. As such, unnecessary tests may not be beneficial and may even result in harm. Therefore, how do you decide which screening package is best for you?
Health screening packages should be tailored according to your needs and requirements. It is erroneous to suggest that there is a one-size-fits-all health screening package. Each individual has different characteristics and medical history, and hence, may benefit from different screening tests.
To find out which health screening package is best for you, you should speak to your doctor to discuss what tests and procedures should be included. Your doctor will make a recommendation based on several patient characteristics, in particular, age, gender, any symptoms, exposure to risk factors, past medical history and family history of any medical conditions.
As per Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) and Health Promotion Board guidelines, all health screenings should evaluate for cardiovascular risk factors which are
MOH also recommends screening for other diseases such as:
There are a multitude of other tests available, and you should speak to your doctor to see if they are relevant or recommended for you. Remember that a good health screening does not necessarily mean testing for the most number of conditions or diseases. A good health screening offers the relevant tests only and not tests that are unnecessary.
What makes a health screening good is also the experience.
Your health screening should be conducted in a comfortable environment with no invasion of privacy. Waiting time should be minimal so that you do not feel nervous and uneasy, as this may affect some of the results such as the blood pressure and heart rate.
Tests should be painless and non-invasive, and the staff should be congenial yet professional. Results should be fast and accurate, and a doctor should also spend time to explain the results, clarify any doubts, and give necessary treatment advice.
Find out more about health screening packages to choose the right one for you!
Need to book a health screening? You can use MyHealth360 to check real-time availability, book an appointment and receive confirmation on your health screening appointments. Learn more about the app or download it on the App Store or via Google Play.