UK - Healthcare provider BUPA has refuted claims by consumer champion Which? that health screening does more harm than good.
The report claimed the services offered by leading private health screening providers used devices that were banned in the US due to lack of scientific evidence of their worth.
It also said screenings often diagnosed potential health risks that were unlikely to ever develop, causing unnecessary expense and worry for those who took part.
Health screening has become an increasingly popular part of flexible benefit packages due to demand from employees.
BUPA, however, queried whether Which? had sent any of its researchers for health screening.
BUPA Wellness clinical director Dr Peter Mace said: “We believe that regular health screening is a valuable contributor to people’s knowledge of their own health.
“It gives them a greater knowledge of their health risks and any changes they can make to reduce them. This can only be a good thing.”
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