The Case Against an Annual Physical

February 20, 2024

A physician writing on a clipboard

(Wall Street Journal) – A growing number of physicians say the value of a yearly physical depends in part on your age and health history, and that some young, healthy patients can afford to skip it. Some studies have suggested that the annual visits aren’t doing much to improve our long-term health, and a growing shortage of primary-care doctors can drag out appointment wait times.

Plenty of doctors still recommend an annual checkup, but more are changing what they do in that appointment, focusing on habits such as sleep, exercise and diet with less poking and prodding in a physical exam. (Read More)