Annual Checkup? The Doctor is Out


If you're like many adults, then you probably schedule a yearly checkup with your doctor. These visits might include a brief physical exam and an interview about how you're doing, mentally and physically. In the past, medical professionals fully supported the idea of annual wellness visits because they typically helped doctors identify problems early. However, opinion on the benefits of annual checkups has shifted toward a less aggressive approach, especially for otherwise healthy individuals. Do you still need to schedule an annual visit with your doctor? The American Medical Association suggests that many people don't. Different Criteria First, it's important to [...]