Younger people are being charged up to 50 per cent more for health-screening packages than the over 50s, according to a Consumer Council survey. A Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital package for women under 50, which features 30 different tests, is priced at $3,000 - double the $1,500 cost for exactly the same tests for women over 50. The hospital did not respond to requests to comment on the figures. The council looked at 62 health-care packages offered by 12 private hospitals, with prices ranging from $350 to $9,570. Publicity and community relations committee vice-chairman Larry Kwok Lam-kwong said some hospitals offered different charges and assessments for various age groups even under the same scheme. A package from Hong Kong Central Hospital offering men a series of 29 tests costs $3,300, but the Evangel Hospital in Kowloon City charges $6,100 for 28 examinations. 'Consumers are advised that it is not necessarily a case of more is better when it comes to choosing a health-screening package,' Mr Kwok said. 'Once a plan is selected, some hospitals are reluctant to reduce fees even if you wish to opt out of certain test items.' He said additional charges were also made if a patient requested a health assessment by a specialist. Doctors recommend that people over 50 should consider being screened once a year, while those who are younger should go every three years.