City looks to prevention as healthcare cure

Regular checkups for adults in Copenhagen have been proposed as a way to prevent chronic illness Tens of thousands of healthy Copenhagen residents in the prime of their lives will be told to go to their doctor more often under...

Tens of thousands of healthy Copenhagen residents in the prime of their lives will be told to go to their doctor more often under a new city wellness strategy.

Frequent health checks are seen by the City Council as a way to detect and prevent a number of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart diseases that as many as two million Danes suffer from.

The plan, put forth by the council and the Greater Copenhagen Regional Council, which manages the area’s health services, calls for all city residents between 30 and 49 to have regular health checkups.

The plan will begin in Amager, where 33,500 people will be offered a preventive health screening, followed by two consultations with their general practitioner. After three years, the council will evaluate the results of the programme and decide whether it should be expanded to the rest of the city.

The project is inspired by a project by Ebeltoft (Jutland) Local Council in the 1990s, which resulted in a 50 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease rates. In recent years, similar proposals have been put forth on the local and national level.

The Copenhagen Post

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