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Article: The cost-effectiveness of population Health Checks: have the NHS Health Checks been unfairly maligned?

Authors/ source/ publisher
Journal of Public Health; Hinde, S., Bojke, L., Richardson, G. et al.
Date added to library 25 April 2017
Year published
2017
Abstract
The English NHS currently has a policy of providing Health Checks to all 40–74 year olds. Administered in primary care, they aim to identify patients at risk of a range of diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, and facilitate care. This study is the first to use observed data on the effectiveness of the Checks to consider whether they represent a cost-effective use of limited NHS resources. The analysis suggests that the significant health and cost-saving benefits from even a modest reduction in mean BMI, coupled with the low costs of the Checks, combine to result in a potentially highly cost-effective policy