Did you know that Sam's Club has free monthly health screenings? For the unemployed, underemployed, uninsured and underinsured, free screenings can be a life saver. While screenings cannot replace the care given to you by your doctor, they can help direct you to visit your doctor if you are found to have a problem that you didn't know existed. High blood pressure is one thing that a lot of people don't realize they suffer from, and it can lead to more serious medical problems if left untreated.
This month, Sam's Clubs that are participating will offer free health screenings for General wellness, which includes spirometry (lung function test) for the first 100 members, along with BP and BMI checks, this Saturday, April 9 from 11 AM to 3 PM. Each month it is a different topic. Be sure to make sure your local club is participating by searching for them on this site.
Upcoming free screenings, as taken from Sam's Club's site (firm dates were not announced):
May = Summer Wellness: Dermascans (to show skin damage) * limited to first 100 members
June = Men's Health: PSA and TSH * both limited to first 100 members, also blood pressure and BMI
July = Kids' Health: vision, blood pressure, BMI
August = Vision Health: cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI and glucose
September = Diabetes: A1C * limited to first 100 members, TLL Cholesterol and glucose
October = Women's Health: thyroid and TSH, *both limited to first 100 members, blood pressure, and BMI
November = Digestive Health: Colon * limited to first 100 members, blood pressure and BMI
December = none
January, 2012 = New Year's Resolutions: cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, and BMI
Plan ahead! If you're diabetic, go during September when you can get a free A1C test. Ask for a copy and share it with your doctor. I recommend that if you have any tests done at a free screening event that you ask for a copy because it may be relevant the next time you visit your doctor and, if you have to foot the bill for laboratory services, it could save you some money.