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A letter came from an independent company offering medical screening for high bp, heart rate, blood count, pulmonary capacity, vit B12 deficiency making vascular dementia possible, etc. The charge was £99 on special offer, or £129 for the dementia 'screening'. I rang their number, the location for the screening in my area was quite close and scheduled for 6/8/14, and I was given a time, taken through some initial health questions and then asked for £129. I said I did not pay for services before they were received and rang off. Was the request legal, money before appointment? Useful to know in case of future similar situations.
I did read it, and said I didn't think that an MOT test, required by law, was comparable with a private medical test. These people actually tell me they ask for advance payment because people don't always turn up -- which is understandable in an aged clientele who may be unwell unexpectedly. Then they have paid for nothing. I think it's diabolical, and have cancelled the appointment.
Referring to a compulsory MOT with payment in advance was no help in resolving a request for payment in advance for a non-NHS health check, money asked for in advance in case of non-attendance. I haven't got money to take that risk, and because the 'unlimited membership' box was already ticked, I moved on to the next page without realising what had been signed up for. Over £100 paid for nothing is too much for a retired person. And citing recommendations from the US is hardly helpful either.