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Preventative Medical Health Check Ups
Growing in popularity of the past twenty years, the Preventative Medical Health Check Up or Executive Medical Exam is a much more in-depth evaluation of your potential for disease using the latest medical technology. The examinations generally include blood tests, ultrasound studies, EKG’s, stress exams, sigmoidoscopies, bone density evaluations, full-body CAT scans, body composition analysis, hearing and vision tests and mammograms and Pap smears for women and prostate exams for men, as well as other services. Patients often meet with a cardiologist, gastroenterologist, audiologist, endocrinologist, neurologist, orthopedist, dermatologist, psychiatrist, nutritionist and any other specialist deemed appropriate. At the end, there is advice on stress management, exercise and changes that can reduce risk factors. Not only does it give you plenty of time with doctors, but through scans and blood work, you may be screened for over 200 diseases that aren’t normally looked for on a standard physical.
Though time on these exams vary, they can last anywhere from four to eight hours to up to two days.
Since the examinations are considered preventive care, health-insurance plans almost never cover them. In the United States and Canada, exams begin at around $3,000 and can go quite high for in-depth studies, and wait times can be up to 1 year out. While a few things in an executive physical examination might be covered by your insurance, most will come out of pocket. This is why the term “executive” is often applied to this type of physical. It’s top notch, luxury medicine affordable by only a few rather than by most – until now. In Mexico and Costa Rica these services are generally 1/3 the cost for equivalent services.