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A Complete Guide to Preventive Health Checkups

Medically reviewed by Dr Rohan J Harsoda – MBBS, DNB(General Surgery)
We’ve all heard the saying, “Prevention is better than cure.” In today’s fast-paced world, lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart conditions are often called silent killers. Many people don’t realize they might have high blood pressure or sugar until it’s too late. The solution? Routine check-ups. These can spot potential health issues before they become major problems. Let’s take a closer look at preventive healthcare and how it can be your best friend in staying healthy.

What are Preventive Health Checkups?

Preventive care is all about catching health problems early or preventing them entirely. It includes things like annual physical exams, vaccinations, and flu shots. These are often called routine care. A preventive health checkup involves a series of tests to look for early signs of diseases or illnesses. It’s like a sneak peek into your health future. Detecting problems early can lead to healthier lives.

The Benefits of Preventive Health Checkups

1. Early Detection of Diseases

It’s like having a crystal ball. These checkups can find diseases in their early stages when they’re easier to treat.

2. Health Assessment

You get to know your health better, like your odds of getting sick.

3. Timely Precautions

Knowing is half the battle. With this info, you can take steps to avoid getting sick in the first place.

4. Staying Healthy

It encourages a healthy lifestyle. Good diet, exercise, and staying away from bad habits like smoking and excessive drinking are all part of the plan.

5. Saving Money

Keeping tabs on your health can save you money in the long run. It’s cheaper to prevent a problem than to treat it.

6. Understanding Medical History

These checkups help you understand your family’s medical history better. This can be crucial for conditions like cancer, heart disease, and autoimmune disorders.

7. Tax Benefits

Here’s a bonus – preventive health checkups can save you money on taxes. Under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act, you can claim deductions up to Rs. 5,000 per financial year. This applies to checkups for your spouse, dependent children, and parents. You can even pay in cash and still get the deduction, unlike health insurance premiums that must be paid through banks for deductions. Plus, you can get a joint tax deduction of up to Rs. 25,000/50,000 on medical insurance premiums and check-up bills

Who Needs Preventive Health Checkups?

Preventive health checkups are great for people in the working-age group (35-65 years) who are more prone to lifestyle diseases. Doctors recommend annual checkups for men above 35 and women above 40. If your family has a history of a particular disease, start screening tests 10 years before the youngest family member gets sick. For example, if someone in your family had diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or certain cancers, get checked earlier.

Different Checkups for Different Ages

  1. 0-9 Years:Focus on healthy habits and get tests only after consulting your family doctor. Common tests include checking cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, anemia, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.
  2. 10-19 Years:Basic tests include weight check, blood pressure, lipid profile, pelvic exam & pap smear (for women only), eye examination, hepatitis C, and vaccination updates.
  3. 20-29 Years:Similar to 10-19 years with additional tests like dental and physical exams, immunizations, and for men, testicular self-exams.
  4. 30s to 40s:Focuses on blood pressure, lipid profile, pelvic exam & pap smear (for women only), eye examination, dental exam, immunization, hepatitis C, and various screenings as recommended by your doctor.
  5. 60 and Above: Continues regular blood pressure and weight tests but also add colorectal and prostate cancer screening, breast exams and mammograms (for women), pelvic exams, Pap smears, HPV tests (for women), eye exams, cholesterol screening, bone density tests, hearing tests, and various immunizations.

Final Thoughts

Preventive healthcare is a powerful tool for maintaining good health and avoiding major illnesses. By staying proactive and getting regular checkups, you not only invest in your well-being but also enjoy the added benefit of potential tax savings. So, make preventive healthcare a part of your routine, and reap the rewards of a healthier, happier life!

Incorporating preventive health records (PHRs) can also be a game-changer in this journey, helping you to stay up to date with your medical results. If you’re not already using a PHR, use one today. It’s a great way to take control of your health and stay on top of your medical needs. Don’t forget to visit our website. We’re here to help you get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

The price varies based on the number and type of tests needed. A comprehensive package can cost anywhere from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 12,999. But remember, it’s a small investment in your long-term health.
In India, Section 80D of the Income Tax Act allows a deduction of up to Rs. 5,000 for payments made towards preventive health check-ups. This deduction is within the overall limit of Rs. 25,000/Rs. 50,000, depending on your age and coverage. You can claim this deduction for yourself, your spouse, dependent children, or parents. Unlike health insurance premiums, you can claim this deduction even if you paid for the check-up in cash.
Jigar Patel is the Founder of Health-e, a HealthTech app that simplifies health records management along with providing personalized and preventative healthcare solutions. Although he has 20+ years of operations and management experience in the EPC domain, Jigar’s true passion lies in making healthcare simpler, faster and more accessible for doctors and patients alike. He strongly believes that people need to be empowered to participate in their own healthcare and is constantly thinking of ways to build this into his app. He loves to keep things simple be it in life, product design, his work or the content he develops. Being married for 10 years and having 2 kids have taught him that perspective matters, so you can always count on him to share new perspectives on various topics.