With rising health care costs and the increasing numbers of uninsured and under-insured, many Americans are turning to health fairs for their preventive health care needs. However, if you don’t have the time to attend your local health fair then what options do you have? Home Health Screening, LLC has solved that problem by creating an online version of a health fair.
Home Health Screening’s website features FDA-approved home testing kits to screen for a variety of conditions including high cholesterol, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, thyroid conditions, HIV, hepatitis C and hemoglobin A1c for diabetic patients. The site also features a re-usable pad to aid women with their monthly self breast exams. The kits contain all of the supplies needed for the consumer to collect a small sample of blood from a finger-stick and then mail the sample into the laboratories for analysis.
Ideally patients would see their primary care physician for their preventive health care needs. However, a 2005 study, which looked at 2003 data, estimated that sixty-one million, or 35 percent of Americans were uninsured or under-insured. These same individuals were less likely to have access to the preventive care that can end up being a life saver. The online health fair allows those individuals to test themselves, for a variety of conditions, in the privacy of their own home. For others, the tests may be used as add-ons. Perhaps someone would like to test their cholesterol every 3 months instead of the yearly test they receive in the physician’s office. Most of the testing kits are also eligible for reimbursement under flexible health care spending accounts which helps add to their affordability.
The benefits of preventive screenings has been a topic of conversation for several decades. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has been publishing it’s Guide to Clinical Services since 1989 as a way to highlight their recommendations for preventive health care services. This month they updated their recommendations for cholesterol screenings. They now recommend that all men age 35 and older be screened for high cholesterol. In addition, men and women that are at high risk for coronary heart disease should begin cholesterol screenings at 20 years of age. These recommendations highlight the importance of early detection of potentially fatal diseases.
Our ability to treat diseases has greatly evolved. Take HIV for example, with the highly active anti-viral medications now available people are living a longtime with HIV as a chronic disease. Unfortunately, according to the CDC, around 25 percent of those infected aren’t aware that they have the disease and the disease is allowed to fester until symptoms finally present themselves. This same scenario occurs with other diseases such as high cholesterol and cancers. By doing preventive screenings we can catch early warning signs for potential problems down the road.