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How much does a private health check up cost in the UK, and is it worth the money?

With NHS health checkups only available to those over the age of 75, most people will find themselves having to pay for an annual medical. But how much does a private checkup cost, and is it worth the money?

As with most things in life, you get what you pay for when with private health checks. Basic health checkups are available from as little as £100 but these will only test basic measures as height, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

For advanced tests such as scans and X-rays, you will be required to pay considerably more. Thorough private checkups in the UK can cost as much as £1000.

Whether such expensive health MOTs are worth it, is primarily a question of whether you can afford it. Obviously, it's better to have scans and X-rays than to not to. A scan could pick up a serious condition that a basic health check would not. But, putting yourself under undue financial pressure by paying for an expensive medical, may cause more health problems than the checkup actually detects.

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