Blog post by Bernadette Keefe MD
The Argument: Ditch The Annual
Every year, adults face the issues of is it “time to get a check up”? Do I really want to get my annual physical? Do I need to have a checkup? Well now, even your doctor is saying the same thing! A chorus of physicians have weighed over the past several years (especially after the Cochrane Report was released). The consensus has been, for the most part: ditch the annual physical if you are healthy and have no medical symptoms.
The need for an annual physical was first questioned in a 1979 Canadian panel REF convened by the government that concluded:
…the routine annual physical examination should be discarded in favor of a selective plan of health protection packages appropriate to the various health needs at the different stages of life
Ezekiel Emanuel MD stated in his OpEd piece…
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