'Heartbeat Bus': Mobile health clinic offers affordable medical tests

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX - Tests to diagnose illnesses like heart disease can cost thousands of dollars. But a new program from Scottsdale Healthcare is making  information and testing more accessible.

Scottsdale Healthcare has teamed up with HealthFair to create the "Heartbeat Bus". The mobile unit helps provide health information and affordable tests to the community.

HealthFair's fleet of mobile clinics offers screening tests to identify risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack, stroke, cancer and aneurysm.

Terry Diaz of HealthFair described patients who might be good candidates for these tests. "Generally we're looking for people 45 to 50 or older," Diaz says. "We're also looking for people with certain risk factors, such as age, family history."

The testing takes about 30 minutes. A battery of tests at a mobile unit will cost just $179.

We asked how they're able to keep the costs so low. "We do a large volume of tests throughout the day," Diaz tells us. "But the main reason is because we don't bill insurance directly. And therefore we've been able cut out almost all the costs associated with billing."

More than 750,000 people have been tested through HealthFair. Starting with one vehicle and one mission - to offer life-saving health screenings at an affordable rate - HealthFair now operates a nationwide fleet of mobile health testing units.

The company holds hundreds of health screening events for individuals and corporations every month across the United States.

You can find out more information online.