1. Can I Afford It?
2. Are the Extras Worth the Fee?
- An expanded physical of up to 90 minutes. One of the many things I like about my internist is that he already allows plenty of time to talk about my health concerns and offer advice. I don't need more time. Nor do I think I need more tests as part of my physical. Many health authorities are questioning the need for annual physicals. A Danish research team found no benefit to the risk of death or serious illness among apparently healthy people who had general checkups compared to those who did not. The American Academy of Family Physicians itself has recommended against routine annual EKG screenings of asymptomatic patients -- a screening I've been getting every year as part of my annual physical. Sounds like my "less is more" mantra applies here.