Having screening tests done is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Screenings are medical tests that check for diseases before there are any known symptoms. Screenings can help doctors find diseases early, then the diseases may be easier to treat. Bear in mind, that screening tests are only a guideline, for a more accurate diagnosis of a chronic condition, your doctor may refer you for more extensive blood tests to determine whether you require chronic medication. For more information, see BENEFITS: Chronic Medicine.
What screening tests and vaccines does the Society cover?
The following Preventative Benefits are available to members and beneficiaries:
You will be covered for the following diagnostic tests at a pharmacy:
- Blood sugar
- Blood pressure
- Measurement of height, weight and waist circumference
- Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation
You also have cover for the following HIV tests and services:
- Pre-testing counselling
- Testing and post-test councelling
You can obtain your pharmacy-based health screening benefits from any pharmacy.
The following vaccinations are covered under the Vaccination Benefit:
- One flu vaccine per beneficiary per benefit year.
- One pneumococcal vaccine per beneficiary aged 65 or over every 5 years.
- One HPV vaccine course per beneficiary aged 9-26.
|CANCER SCREENING TESTS|
- Pap smear (usually performed by a GP or gynaecologist)
- Prostate Specific Antigen (a blood test to screen for prostate cancer)
- Mammogram (performed at a radiology practice)
- Colorectal screening (where a sample of your stool is screened by a pathologist)
All screening tests will be covered at the SRPL rate or negotiated rate for DSPs. If the provider charges more than these rates; the difference will be for your account.