OK, a bit of medical education today, prompted by this letter from the ST Forum:
Nov 29, 2005
Detect diabetes with free screening
IN THE report, 'Not-so-sweet truths about diabetes' (ST, Nov 24), it was stated that 160,000 people here do not know that they have diabetes because they have never checked. About one in 10 adults here has the disease, double the world average.
Before we look into the problem, we need to know why these people do not go for medical check-ups. Is it because some of them cannot afford the cost of the tests?
Early this year I was fortunate to get a free medical check-up - for blood pressure, cholesterol level, blood sugar, etc - near Jurong East MRT station. But that was the only free screening this year. Such screening should be held more frequently, and publicised at all MRT and bus stations.
Sng Ah Beng
Fact, however, is that screening for diabetes in the general population is not cost-effective, and does not give better outcome for the persons screened.
So why are there organisations doing 'free' screening? Well, because just because it’s 'free' to you, doesn’t mean there’s no money involved…