“The only people who unquestionably benefit from general screening programmes are private doctors and health insurance companies.”
I imagine these bothersome annual physicals put a huge burden on the UK’s healthcare system. PLUS - having to treat all the folks that turn up sick.
I read a report from some committee in London. The doctors were outraged that it took almost a year to get an appointment to take a hearing EXAM in the smaller, far-flung counties. They argued that it should be closer to the 6-week wait they have in London.
For a frikkin’ hearing EXAM!
Reminds me though. I’m a three years late for my annual exam. But I really was thinking earlier today to call tomorrow to set one up. Might be my last chance to get in within the week before Obamacare really kicks in.
Unless you have a complaint, the chances of routine physical exams helping people avoid morbidity and increasing longevity are relatively small. This opinion about the value of routine physical exams has nothing to do with Obamacare. It has been the opinion of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force since August 2005 at the least.
It you have a complaint, then that's different. Don't wait for a routine exam to address it.
But don't be surprised with questions that are offensive to many conservatives with respect to a particular amendment in the Bill of Rights during routine exams, unless you live in Florida.
Docs in Florida are challenging a recent law which prevents them from asking certain questions unless the patients sound like a threat to themselves or others, IIRC.