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New study likely to fuel debate over annual physical exams
Date:9/24/2007

nited States on an annual basis. If every adult were to receive a preventive physical exam annually, the U.S. health care system would need to provide up to 145 million more visits every year, the researchers estimated. That would account for an impractical 41 percent of all time spent on direct patient care by primary care physicians. This underlines the need to find other means of delivering preventive care beyond annual physicals or to advise some patients they can come in much less frequently, said Dr. Mehrotra.


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