Frequently Asked Questions
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HealthFair has provided many answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding health screening and disease. If you don’t see the question or answer you seek, contact us.
Q. Why take part in preventive health screenings?
A. Preventive health testing is a simple, affordable and effective way to identify potential disease risk that might otherwise not be detected at your yearly physical. More often than not, getting a health screening is the first step in early intervention to prevent potentially harmful health problems later in life. Preventive health screenings enable the individual to understand their risks so that they can consult with their physician and take the road towards a healthier future.
Q. Are the health screenings offered by HealthFair accurate and equivalent to those given by my physician?
A. HealthFair is the only mobile health screening company accredited by the prestigious Joint Commission. The Joint Commission accredits premier healthcare organizations nationwide. It is recognized as a symbol of high quality care and reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance criteria.
Health screenings are completed using state-of-the-art ultrasound technology, and are performed by highly skilled sonographers and medical technicians who have all completed formal health training and clinical rotations. Board certified physicians review all health testing results.
It is important to note, that while screenings use the same technology that would be seen in a hospital or physician’s office, these are limited protocol ultrasound studies. They are not full diagnostic exams. Screenings are designed to look for the most common abnormalities and identify if further diagnostic testing may be needed.
Q. Why can’t my physician do these health screenings as part of my routine physical?
A. Due to the high cost of these tests, physicians typically only order health screening tests when a patient is showing apparent symptoms. Since most diseases are often symptomless, many times it’s too late for prevention once the symptoms appear.
Q. How can HealthFair offer top-quality health screenings at such low prices?
A. HealthFair serves a high volume of patients in a mobile setting with minimal overhead costs. Our streamlined process eliminates many of the ancillary expenses that drive up the price of healthcare. By increasing efficiency and reducing operating costs, HealthFair is able to offer top-quality health screenings that are affordable for nearly everyone.
Q. Where does HealthFair conduct the health screenings?
A. HealthFair health screenings are conducted primarily on board our state-of-the-art mobile health screening units. Our mobile health testing units are designed with two examination rooms and a waiting room, offering patients a comfortable, private and professional atmosphere similar to what you would find in a traditional physician’s office. HealthFair also converts indoor locations—such as places of worship, senior centers, civic buildings, community centers, and corporate offices—in to temporary health screening centers complete with fully enclosed private rooms.
Q. Does Medicare or health insurance cover preventive health screenings?
A. Health insurance coverage varies from policy to policy. Upon request, HealthFair will provide you with a detailed, itemized receipt that can be submitted to your health insurance company to determine coverage and potential reimbursement.
Q. How often should I have these health screenings?
A. Our physicians recommend health testing yearly because abnormal health conditions can newly develop, become manifest or intensify within a period of one year or less. Yearly health screenings will also complement your regular physicals. It is important to take into account your health risk factors and previous health screening results.
Q. How long do the health screenings take?
A. A complete health screening package (6 health screenings) typically takes less than one hour to complete, depending on the level of disease, vascular anatomy and body type.
Q. I work during the day. Can I schedule a health screening later in the day?
A. HealthFair’s goal is to make our health screenings available to everyone. We try to accommodate people’s schedules with health testing appointment times early in the day, during lunch or early evening. We offer health screenings on Saturdays as well.
Q. When will I receive my health screening results?
A. You will receive your health testing results approximately 3 weeks from the date of your health screening. As part of our strict quality control, all health screening results are read by our board certified medical physicians. If we find a health condition that is deemed critical, we will notify you on the day of your health assessment and your results will be expedited.
Q. Who reads my health screening results?
A. All health screening results are read by our highly experienced board certified medical physicians.
Q. When should I be screened?
A. Generally, HealthFair recommends health screenings starting at age 40; however, this really depends on different risk factors, such as diabetes, family history of heart disease, stroke, or other diseases. If you reflect multiple risk factors, we highly recommend starting heath testing at an earlier age.
Q. Will I receive the results of my health screenings or will they be given directly to my physician?
A. A detailed health testing report of your results will be mailed directly to you within 3 weeks of your appointment, at which time you may take these results to your physician. Health screening results will only be mailed to your physician upon patient request and we encourage you to talk to your physician for any necessary follow-up care.
Q. How long has HealthFair offered these health testing services?
A. HealthFair’s health screenings have been offered since 1998 with over 500,000 people tested and hundreds of lives saved. Starting with one vehicle and one mission—to offer life-saving health screenings to communities around the nation at an affordable rate—HealthFair now operates a nationwide fleet of mobile health testing units We hold hundreds of health screening events for individuals and corporations every month. HealthFair is proud to be the national leader in mobile health testing.
Q. What type of equipment is used to perform these health screenings?
A. All of our health screening tests are performed using the same cutting-edge technologies and equipment found in many hospitals. The equipment undergoes daily manual quality assurance inspections and regular monthly maintenance check-ups. Additionally, our sophisticated screening devices automatically recalibrate throughout the day via self-diagnostic software. HealthFair continually evaluates new medical equipment and health testing techniques to ensure that our screening services are as accurate as possible.
Q. Who performs these health screening tests and what kind of medical training have they received?
A. HealthFair employs highly skilled, experienced sonographers and medical technicians who have completed accredited programs, clinical rotations and specialized health screening training.
Q. Can I have health screenings done if I have a pacemaker?
A. Yes. A pacemaker will not interfere with the health screenings.
Q. How do I prepare for my health screening?
A. Some of our health screenings, such as our Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound, requires you to fast for four (4) hours prior to your appointment. Please continue to take all medications as prescribed by your doctor. If you are diabetic, you may still drink water within this 4-hour period. Precise fasting instructions vary depending on the combination of health screenings. Once you register, you will receive specific instructions. In order to ensure accurate results, it is important for you to follow those instructions. Also, please wear loose fitting, two-piece clothing and do not wear pantyhose.
Q. Why should I have these health screenings done if I have no symptoms?
A. Millions of Americans are unaware they are at risk for a medical emergency or even death from vascular disorders because these diseases are generally symptomless until a catastrophic event occurs, such as stroke or aneurysm rupture. Case-in-point: half of all stroke victims had no prior symptoms. We routinely identify individuals with moderate to severe risk who are experiencing no outward symptoms. Early identification of underlying disease allows for numerous treatment options before it is too late.
Q. How accurate are your health screenings?
A. HealthFair is dedicated to providing accurate health testing results to our participants. To do this, HealthFair hires highly qualified ultrasound sonographers and medical technicians to perform your health screening and uses the same state-of-the-art equipment that you would find in your physician’s office. In addition, board certified physicians read all health testing results in order to ensure accuracy.
Q. Are you affiliated with any hospitals?
A. HealthFair partners with several hospitals and medical facilities across the country, but because our health screenings are non-referral based, your medical information is kept private. All information and health screening results are sent directly to you to share at will with your own physician.
Q. What happens when a health problem is identified?
A. If a critical abnormality is found, you will receive a detailed health screening report of the findings along with instructions to see your physician for further evaluation.