Public warned about health MOTs 公众健康检查警告
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Private health checks offer poor value for money and can lead to painful and often possibly dangerous tests, a consumer group says.

一个消费团体表示,私人健康检查钱花的不值,可能会导致痛苦的甚至经常危险的检查。

An estimated £100m is spent on health MOTs
An estimated £100m is spent on health MOTs

An investigation1 by Which? found that the firms behind the "health MOTs" even offered conflicting advice.

The group said all too often the tests, which cost an average of £423, were just catering3(给养) to the "worried well".

But some of the health firms highlighted said their tests were good quality and provided value for money.

An estimated £100m a year in the UK is spent on health MOTs, which include physical tests as well as blood pressure and cholesterol4(胆固醇) checks.

Which? researchers posed as customers at clinics run by six health firms as well as talking to others and surveyed more than 4,000 members of the public before running the findings past a panel of experts.

They found prices ranged from £125 to £2,000.

One researcher was given conflicting advice about his risk of heart disease, despite getting almost identical(相同的,同一的) test results.

BMI healthcare said he had a greater risk than average for his age and should take immediate5 action, Nuffield Health said his risk was in line with expectations for his age and Bupa said his heart was much better than average.

Which? also found that none of the clinics visited talked about the possible downsides of testing, including false positives.

The report also warned that the tests being carried out often led to unnecessary and sometimes painful further checks.

For example, for every 1,000 people who have a urine(尿) test, 50 will need further investigation, but only 1.5 will actually have a problem requiring treatment.

And the group warned about the possible harmful effects of having MRI and CT scans. None of the centres visited carried out such tests, but others in the market are known to.

Exposure to(受到) such scans increases the risk of cancer.

Value for money

Martyn Hocking, from Which?, said: "Health MOTs often cater2 for the 'worried well' who want the reassurance6(安心,放心) of a clean bill of health, but they can cost hundreds of pounds for what sometimes amounts to little more than lifestyle and dietary advice.

"That might seem harmless, but if the tests flag issues that turn out to be false alarms you could actually end up with unnecessary worry, rather than the peace of mind you signed up for."

Dr Peter Mace7, from Bupa, said: "We don't see the 'worried well'. We see people who are interested in their health and want to take positive steps to improve it and understand their own health and health risks."

A spokesman for BMI Healthcare added the company was "dedicated8 to delivering the highest quality" care.

"We firmly believe that our assessments9 are good value for money and can deliver positive, life-changing benefits to our patients."

And Nuffield said its tests were "incredibly important" in tackling problems such as diabetes10(糖尿病) and heart disease.



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1 investigation MRKzq     
n.调查,调查研究
参考例句:
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
2 cater ickyJ     
vi.(for/to)满足,迎合;(for)提供饮食及服务
参考例句:
  • I expect he will be able to cater for your particular needs.我预计他能满足你的特殊需要。
  • Most schools cater for children of different abilities.大多数学校能够满足具有不同天资的儿童的需要。
3 catering WwtztU     
n. 给养
参考例句:
  • Most of our work now involves catering for weddings. 我们现在的工作多半是承办婚宴。
  • Who did the catering for your son's wedding? 你儿子的婚宴是由谁承办的?
4 cholesterol qrzzV     
n.(U)胆固醇
参考例句:
  • There is cholesterol in the cell of body.人体细胞里有胆固醇。
  • They are determining the serum-protein and cholesterol levels.他们正在测定血清蛋白和胆固醇的浓度。
5 immediate aapxh     
adj.立即的;直接的,最接近的;紧靠的
参考例句:
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
6 reassurance LTJxV     
n.使放心,使消除疑虑
参考例句:
  • He drew reassurance from the enthusiastic applause.热烈的掌声使他获得了信心。
  • Reassurance is especially critical when it comes to military activities.消除疑虑在军事活动方面尤为关键。
7 mace BAsxd     
n.狼牙棒,豆蔻干皮
参考例句:
  • The sword and mace were favourite weapons for hand-to-hand fighting.剑和狼牙棒是肉搏战的最佳武器。
  • She put some mace into the meat.她往肉里加了一些肉豆蔻干皮。
8 dedicated duHzy2     
adj.一心一意的;献身的;热诚的
参考例句:
  • He dedicated his life to the cause of education.他献身于教育事业。
  • His whole energies are dedicated to improve the design.他的全部精力都放在改进这项设计上了。
9 assessments 7d0657785d6e5832f8576c61c78262ef     
n.评估( assessment的名词复数 );评价;(应偿付金额的)估定;(为征税对财产所作的)估价
参考例句:
  • He was shrewd in his personal assessments. 他总能对人作出精明的评价。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Surveys show about two-thirds use such assessments, while half employ personality tests. 调查表明,约有三分之二的公司采用了这种测评;而一半的公司则采用工作人员个人品质测试。 来自百科语句
10 diabetes uPnzu     
n.糖尿病
参考例句:
  • In case of diabetes, physicians advise against the use of sugar.对于糖尿病患者,医生告诫他们不要吃糖。
  • Diabetes is caused by a fault in the insulin production of the body.糖尿病是由体內胰岛素分泌失调引起的。
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