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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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Tutta Tutta 9 years
I have one every year, right around my birthday so it's easy to remember. I have a great doctor who actually pays attention to what I'm telling her and isn't in a big hurry to get me in and out.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
in kinder garden when somebody actually cared... now theu just listen to your heartbeat, check your eyes... ask if you have any complains and sign the sheet.
purrtykitty purrtykitty 9 years
thank goodness i have insurance because i make sure to go every year. plus, i've got my husband getting regular yearly physicals, too!
LegalEaglet LegalEaglet 9 years
I was just at the OB yesterday getting BC refilled and realized it's been over 2 years since I had a chek-up. Still can't afford one.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I go for mine every year! I like it, and you usually get tons of time reserved so you can talk to your doctor!
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
I had mine earlier this month...September 7, 2007 at 9:00 am! Lol! I love my doc he gave he a hug and everything when I left! My skin is so sensitive though, even though the nurse did a great job at drawing my blood I still had a huge purple welt for a few days!
sls1825 sls1825 9 years
I can't remember the last time I had one. It's been so long mainly because I don't want to deal with the hassle of finding a new doctor. I'm too picky about who I go to.
JustSomeChick JustSomeChick 9 years
Me too, bbeccue! Yesterday! But that was the first I've had in 12 years.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
The hubby & I have had one each year for the past several years now, but we are blessed with good insurance. I can't say that I would be getting one every year, if I didn't have insurance. It's so expensive otherwise.
missemma10001 missemma10001 9 years
if i didn't have to pay an arm and a leg for them, i would have them more often.
AMP AMP 9 years
I can't even remember. I know we had to get them every year before starting school because of sports and stuff, but since HS or maybe even as long ago as grade school, I can't remember having one.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I have one every year cuz my OB won't refill my birth control pills if I don't! Talk about motivation!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
My last one was in May of '06. I have meant to get a new appointment but because I moved to a new state I'm in the process of switching health plans.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 9 years
A couple of months ago. There is too much crap that I can end up getting and I want to catch it right away if I do. I have a life to live!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
Just a few months ago... I take very good care of this body! It might not be the best looking... But it's the only one I'll ever have! I love it and always get my exam every year! I also always get my "Womanly" exam every year! Better safe than sorry! Us gals have to stay on top of our tids & bits!
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 9 years
i go for one every single year like clock work... something that is very important to me.. so i know what im healthy and that way EVERYTHING is on record!!
carito8 carito8 9 years
I had mine in April.
eaker eaker 9 years
I never saw the point of a yearly physical aside from my pap. I had one once to prove I was fit enough to have surgery.
melda melda 9 years
last year but i had to chose a couple of years ago
moonischasingme1 moonischasingme1 9 years
I said I never have because I don't remember the last time I did. I get my gynecological exam each year, but I haven't had a physical exam since I was a kid because I can't afford it.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
almost 10 years. i know i need to get one soon...i just assume lose some weight first as that is what they are going to tell me.
bbeccue bbeccue 9 years
i had mine yesterday actually!!!
laurini laurini 9 years
My last one was when I was in high school. Probably 6 years ago now. Being in college and now working crazy hours in a lab makes appointment-making near impossible.
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