The Annual Physical?

Has the annual physical jumped the shark? Is it time to reevaluate access and use of medical resources as we chart our healthcare journey? Let’s chat about it tonight, 730p C on the #hcldr tweet-chat – please join us.

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Question x 4Blog 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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