Health MOTs for Over 40s Not Worth It?

Daily Telegraph 3.5.16

“TINY BENEFIT OF £300MILLION A YEAR HEALTH CHECK-UPS”

The NHS MOT health check for people aged 40-74 to spot signs of illness has only marginal benefits, a Dept of Health funded study has found.  In 2013 the Royal College of GPs branded the checks “a waste of money.”   A new study published in the Canadian Medical Journal used GP records of 138,000 patients from 2009-2013.  The check-up only reduced the 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease in a patient by 0.21%. 

Unfortunately, I can’t link to the Daily Telegraph piece but you can read more on the Mail site here:

Are NHS over-40s health checks a waste of time? Critics say they’re useless but ministers insist 650 lives a year could be saved

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2397758/NHS-health-checks-40s-waste-time-Ministers-say-300m-national-programme-save-lives.html#ixzz47c3CxFC6

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