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Second chance at life thanks to health screening

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For most people, a trip to their GP is enough to diagnose or treat any health problems that they may have, but for some people, a second opinion can be a life saver. For Staffords employee Martin Wolfarth, a Medicash health check proved to be critical. It identified dangerously high blood sugar levels that his doctor failed to warn him about.


A health check saved him from further irreparable organ damage and he has undertaken a lifestyle overhaul to deal with his condition. Martin Wolfarth explains, "I mainly claimed for my dental and optical treatments, such as check-ups with the dentist and eye exams, which was a great money saver. In March last year, we were told Medicash was going to deliver onsite health checks at our work place, so I thought I would take advantage of it. The full health check involves a blood test for diabetes and cholesterol, checking your blood pressure, calculating your BMI (Body Mass Index) and evaluating your risk of developing heart disease within the next ten years. I mentioned that for some time I had been experiencing a problem with a pain in my arm and shoulder. My GP had run several tests and not been able to diagnose it, so had sent me for specialist testing and the results came back inconclusive. The consultant took a blood sample and ran some simple tests. My blood sugar levels were abnormally high, and the consultant told me that I was likely to be diagnosed with diabetes. He advised me to make an appointment with my GP that night for a blood test, so the diagnosis could be officially confirmed. My GP took a sample and confirmed that I was suffering Type II diabetes. If it had not have been for the Medicash health check, the likely result was that my condition would have continued to worsen as it was not being treated, which could have led to kidney failure, irreparable nerve damage, and more immediately a hyperglycemic attack, or even death."

Health cash plan news: 15 June 2011