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Annual Physical Exam: Unneeded Expense? - Disease Prevention and Wellness Information to Improve Your Health on MedicineNet.com

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:14am

Annual Physical Exam: Unneeded Expense? - Disease Prevention and Wellness Information to Improve Your Health on MedicineNet.com: "An annual physical exam is a tradition for many U.S. adults, but it is not always necessary, according to a new study. 'I'm not advocating we should get rid of these visits,' says researcher Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a policy analyst at RAND Corp.

Rather, the preventive services and tests ordered at these exams that are actually necessary often can be received -- and often already are -- at other visits and times, says Mehrotra. The study is published in the Sept. 24 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine."

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