Annual Physical “Meaningless” for Healthy People

January 17, 2013 | Crandall & Pera Law
Annual Physical “Meaningless” for Healthy People

New research concludes that there is little benefit for annual physical exams when it comes to healthy people.

A study analyzing  information from 183,000 people in the U.S. and Europe showed patients who received routine health checks were just as likely to die over a nine-year period compared with those who did not receive health checks.

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Eliminating annual physicals, including colonoscopies and mammograms, would also save money partly because it would reduce unnecessary testing, according to Campos-Outcalt. Although he adds that going to the doctor for a specific screening test or vaccine is another matter. Read the full details here:

Annual exams do little good for healthy folks, study finds

Physicians often fail to diagnose heart attacks, strokes, cancer and other areas of malpractice during annual exams. If you or a loved one have been injured by medical malpractice leading to wrongful death or other damages due to medical malpractice, contact Crandall & Pera Law for a free consultation.