Because the decision to undergo a health screening is an important healthcare decision, you may have seen or heard a variety of health screening concerns and complaints from medical professionals and patients while considering whether health screening is right for you. "Is it worth it?", you may have asked yourself.
To help abate any concerns you may have, Life Line Screening has compiled a list of explanations that debunk many of the more common health screening complaints you may have seen.
Health Screening Complaint: Health screenings by companies like Life Line Screening are not covered by Medicare.
The current healthcare system does not provide coverage for screenings if you are asymptomatic (show no signs of risk). Life Line Screening works to provide people with an affordable way to obtain preventive health screening tests so they are able to take proactive steps in their personal healthcare.
Health Screening Complaint: The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis (a risk factor for stroke) in the general adult population, so I can’t trust that Life Line Screening has my best interests in mind.
The USPSTF statement on carotid artery stenosis screening is widely misunderstood. The US Preventive Services Task Force does not examine community-based screening for the purposes of early identification and treatment with lifestyle coaching and medical management, which is what Life Line Screening does.
Health Screening Complaint: My health screening test revealed no problems, so having the test was a waste of time and money.
Even if your health screening found no problems, knowing that you are on the right track should make the time and money spent well worth it.
Health Screening Complaint: Life Line Screening is a scam.
Life Line Screening is a reputable, well-regarded company with a focus on health promotion and wellness. We are dedicated to providing individuals affordable, quality health screenings for conditions like atherosclerosis (blockages in the arteries), atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rhythm), high blood pressure, and osteoporosis that often show no symptoms while in the early stages. We stand by the quality of our screenings and the service we provide.
Health Screening Complaint: Life Line Screening is a fly-by-night company because it only provides mobile, community-based screenings to patients.
Life Line Screening is a leading preventive health screening company. We were founded in 1993 and have since screened well over 7 million people in the United States alone. We are dedicated to the highest level of quality assurance and have developed hospital partnerships with some of the most trusted, prominent hospitals in the country. We are also engaged in ongoing philanthropic arrangements with organizations such as the Larry King Cardiac Foundation and the Vascular Disease Foundation.
Health Screening Complaint: Because Life Line Screening locations move from city to city and are not conducted in medical settings, the quality of the health screening cannot be trusted.
Life Line Screening uses state-of-the-art equipment. No matter where our health screenings are conducted, our machines are evaluated and updated to ensure the most advanced, highest quality health screening tests are provided to our patients, meaning you can trust the quality of the screening results you receive.
Health Screening Complaint: The low cost of health screenings raises concerns about the value of getting screened.
Screenings for diseases that show no signs or risk factors are not covered by Medicare, and not every person has health insurance. This is why Life Line Screening offers health screening services at affordable prices. We believe that screenings should be affordable to everyone.
Health Screening Complaint: Life Line Screening’s direct mail advertising and flyers cause panic and lead to people signing up for a screening when they don’t really need one.
Life Line Screening only intends to promote health screening services to people who may be at risk and would never intentionally “scare” a person into undergoing a screening solely for financial gain.
Individuals who receive a direct mail piece and/or flyer from Life Line Screening are urged to consider their present situation – including lifestyle and family history – to decide whether a health screening is the best course of action for him/her.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the conditions we screen for, simply stating facts about stroke or osteoporosis may seem scary, even if these facts are true. We do our best to present this information in a compelling but informative manner that urges people to consider the tests and do what is right for them.
Health Screening Complaint: I don’t know anyone else who has had a health screening, and it’s going to be a hassle signing up for one.
Life Line Screening has provided more than 7 million health screenings since 1993 and is in thousands of communities each month, so screenings are more prominent and more accessible than you may think. To find a health screening location near you, visit our Health Screening Locator.
Life Line Screening Complaint: Testing may not be accurate.
As cited in a 2005 Washington Post article, Life Line Screening conducted a study in 2002 that showed its carotid and aortic artery testing results to be similar to those from a top-tier hospital's vascular laboratory. Furthermore, its incidence of false positives is low. Keep in mind that Life Line Screening technologists conduct these same health screeningsover and over again. They develop an unparalleled expertise in these key screenings.
Life Line Screening: Is it worth it?
The answer depends on several factors: your risk profile, your insurance coverage, your desire for knowledge and your preferred level of engagment with your own healthcare. Consider the psychological aspects of undergoing a test and having knowledge vs. the possibiblity of not knowing about a potentially life-threatening disease. Life Line Screening does not replace your personal physician. To the contrary, it advises people to share their results with their doctors.
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