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When Was the Last Time You Had a Physical Exam?

Who would have thought that the annual physical would become controversial? I guess in these days of sky rocketing medical costs, even this routine exam is under scrutiny. A recent report analyzed how much the "physical" costs the U.S. health care system. In 2004, annual checkups cost $7.8 billion a year, while just under the $8.1 billion spent on treating breast cancer.

The controversy lies in the fact that no medical group recommends the annual physical and they can lead to unnecessary tests. On the other hand, the annual physical provides proven preventive care for men and women. Plus doesn't the President get one every year?

How about you...


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