Don’t neglect these screening tests

Even though we are in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to go for the recommended screening tests. Having screening tests done is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Screenings are medical tests that check for diseases before there are any known symptoms. Screenings can help doctors find diseases early, when the diseases may be easier to treat. The Scheme covers the screening tests and vaccines listed below. You can read more about how these tests are covered in the Health Screening Benefits section of our website.

DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

Blood sugar
Blood pressure
Cholesterol
Measurement of height, weight and waist circumference
Body Mass Index calculation

 

HIV SCREENING

You also have the following HIV tests and services available on all Plans:

  • Pre-testing counselling,
  • Testing and post-test counselling

 

VACCINATIONS

The following vaccinations are covered under the Health Screening Benefits:

  • One flu vaccine per beneficiary per benefit year.
  • One pneumococcal vaccine per beneficiary aged 65 or over every 5 years.
  • One HPV vaccine course per beneficiary aged 9-26.

 

CANCER SCREENING TESTS

Pap smear (usually performed by a GP or gynaecologist) – limited to one test per female beneficiary per benefit year.
Prostate Specific Antigen (a blood test to screen for prostate cancer) – limited to one test per male beneficiary over age 45 per benefit year.
Mammogram (performed at a radiology practice) – limited to one test per female beneficiary over age 40 per benefit year.
Colorectal screening (where a sample of your stool is screened by a pathologist) – limited to one test per beneficiary over age 50 per benefit year.

 

OTHER SCREENING TESTS

Glaucoma screening (performed at an optometrist/ ophthalmologist) – limited to one test per beneficiary over age 55.
Bone density screening (performed at a radiology practice) – limited to one test per beneficiary over age 65 every two years.