Routine health check ups

Max Roscoe

Pelican
Orthodox Inquirer
Probably it's not a terrible idea, but I don't get them. I do medical tourism when I travel abroad, so if I'm ever able to do that, I will probably try to schedule a checkup.

A few years ago I went into a lab (Labcorp is a large one) and had a panel of tests done. I think due to the arcane US healthcare system you can't just walk in and order the test yourself ,but there are companies that meet this requirement for you.

It cost like $100 and you receive a multi-page report, and any numbers outside the normal range are highlighted. It's more thorough than the average checkup will be (at least in terms of looking at blood and hormone levels; there is no physical test for things like reflexes, physical resistance, or other things a doctor might do in person, I dont know since I've never had a routine checkup).

I ordered my test through Health One Inc out of Falls Church Virginia. If anything is out of the ordinary, you can go see a specialist, which is all a general doctor does for the most part anyway, refer you to the person who actually knows about your problem.
 

JayR

Woodpecker
A few years ago I went into a lab (Labcorp is a large one) and had a panel of tests done. I think due to the arcane US healthcare system you can't just walk in and order the test yourself ,but there are companies that meet this requirement for you.
I've used RequestATest.com for this. You order the panel of tests you want on their site, one of their contracted doctors writes an order that they email to you, and you bring it to the nearest lab. They use Labcorp and Quest. Turnaround is pretty fast -- results are posted on their site within a couple days, in my experience.

It's not available in every state.
 

king bast

Kingfisher
My normie workmates go and get their check-ups, and consequently commit themselves to taking drugs indefinitely after being told their blood pressure or cholesterol is "too high". Too high meaning 5% away from an arbitrarily designated "normal".

I just dont understand it at all - if you don't feel as though anything is wrong, why would you bother?
 

r3d

Woodpecker
My normie workmates go and get their check-ups, and consequently commit themselves to taking drugs indefinitely after being told their blood pressure or cholesterol is "too high". Too high meaning 5% away from an arbitrarily designated "normal".

I just dont understand it at all - if you don't feel as though anything is wrong, why would you bother?

You can get your blood checked for certain markers when you try a new diet or experiment with alternative lifestyles. Stuff like testosterone and vitamin (hormone) D are very important and you can't always 'feel' a lack of it per sé, because you have never felt what different levels feel like.

But absolutely never listen to the average physician on topics such as blood pressure or cholesterol. Or pretty much anything really, without having done plenty of research and getting a second and third opinion from doctors whose goal isn't to prescribe as much as possible.
 
Order Lab Tests

I believe I used this site, if anyone's interested.

Humorously enough it is illegal for a lab to run tests on you without a doctors requests in several states such as New Jersey and Rhode Island. The justification is that you would either not understand the results or use them to self-diagnose without the wise and noble input from a medical doctor. We all know the real reason is to line the pockets of the medical establishment.
 

Blade Runner

Ostrich
Orthodox
Humorously enough it is illegal for a lab to run tests on you without a doctors requests in several states such as New Jersey and Rhode Island. The justification is that you would either not understand the results or use them to self-diagnose without the wise and noble input from a medical doctor. We all know the real reason is to line the pockets of the medical establishment.
It just seems like this. In reality it is a nanny state complex, the same reason why there is licensing of profession X in any and all states, some of them making hairdressers even do this garbage. I say this as a physician. It's a cultural thing.

You can only open everything up to everyone's judgment in a free society that knows what risk is and is ok with bad things happening to stupid people, or unlucky people, or whatever you wanna call someone that has a randomly bad thing happen to them. We haven't had that society in 80 years, so it's hardly the "medical establishment."
 

cosine

Robin
A lot of doctors are obese. Not just "overweight". There's no excuse for that. Imagine a dentist who doesn't brush their teeth.

When attorneys commit crimes, state gov'ts consider whether to revoke their licenses.

Doctors need to be judged much more harshly.

 
I opt out of health "insurance". For the four of us, we pay about 120 USD per month for membership at a private practice where visits are free, even if we have an emergency. Treatment and lab costs are reduced and since we are all healthy, with no chronic illnesses or perpetual medications, it works. We get a yearly checkup and, since I'm getting into my mid 40s now, I get a full blood work up each year and it costs me less than $20 for the lab fees.

In the event that we do have to cover the cost of an injury or meds, it is still a fraction of what trad health care would be. If I opted for trad care, it would cost about $13k per year just in premiums, before the 6k to 8k deductibles were met. So, I'd have to spend $20k before they would pay their 50% of the balance. No thanks. I'll save that $1000+ per month, self insure and invest. If we weren't blessed with good health, it would be different.
 

PaulC

Robin
My normie workmates go and get their check-ups, and consequently commit themselves to taking drugs indefinitely after being told their blood pressure or cholesterol is "too high". Too high meaning 5% away from an arbitrarily designated "normal".

I just dont understand it at all - if you don't feel as though anything is wrong, why would you bother?
I've noticed that of the folks I know who obsess over check-ups, take blood pressure or cholesterol medication, and insist I get get a colonoscopy; all of them were happy to get the jab.
 

Seeker79

Kingfisher
My normie workmates go and get their check-ups, and consequently commit themselves to taking drugs indefinitely after being told their blood pressure or cholesterol is "too high". Too high meaning 5% away from an arbitrarily designated "normal".

I just dont understand it at all - if you don't feel as though anything is wrong, why would you bother?
There is value in early detection of life-shortening or QOL degrading chronic and acute illness. Don't be so hasty to dismiss what your "normie" colleagues do. Yes, generally one should avoid doctors and pharmaceuticals but there is value in diagnosis, detection, and trend analysis.
 
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