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Doctors have warned against walk-in pharmacy health checks at popular Australian chemists, saying the services are 'motivated by money' and tests could do more harm than good.

Walk-in tests at chains such as Priceline, Amcal and TerryWhite can offer heart health checks, diabetes risk assessments, cholesterol tests and anaemia screenings.

'They're making health a commodity and further fragmenting Australia's healthcare system,' Dr Cameron Loy, the Victoria chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners said.

Doctors have warned against walk-in pharmacy health checks at popular Australian chemists, saying the services are 'motivated by money' and tests could do more harm than good

Doctors have warned against walk-in pharmacy health checks at popular Australian chemists, saying the services are 'motivated by money' and tests could do more harm than good

Walk-in tests at chains such as Priceline (pictured), Amcal and TerryWhite can offer heart health checks, diabetes risk assessments, cholesterol tests and anaemia screenings

Walk-in tests at chains such as Priceline (pictured), Amcal and TerryWhite can offer heart health checks, diabetes risk assessments, cholesterol tests and anaemia screenings

'Health checks are not comparable to buying toothpaste, hair dye or vitamins, but part of the ongoing continuity of care, the long-term engagement, that general practice delivers,' Dr Loy told Fairfax Media.

The efficient, quick and often free in-store health check services have been the subject of recent advertising campaigns including Amcal's 'Nine-Point Heart Health Check' and Priceline's 'Women's Health Check'. 

But Dr Loy said that the tens of thousands of Australians who use the walk-in services should consider the long-term risks. He said that without professional medical support there are long-term dangers to people's health.

'If you're asking if there is a long-term danger for somebody not being across their healthcare needs and not having a GP reviewing them regularly and understanding their health needs over time, then yes, there are dangers,' he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

'They're making health a commodity and further fragmenting Australia's healthcare system,' Cameron Loy, the Victoria chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners said

'They're making health a commodity and further fragmenting Australia's healthcare system,' Cameron Loy, the Victoria chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners said

Dr Loy said pharmacies were motivated by money and health checks presented an opportunity for people to come into the store and potentially buy other products. 

The reference to GPs in pharmacy health check advertising material is misleading, suggesting the two work closely together, he said.  

Furthermore, he pointed out that the tests were run differently depending on the particular pharmacy and the results left many people confused because they didn't

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