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Many doubt benefit of annual physicals exceeds cost
San Francisco Chronicle

The annual physical has been cast as both an essential benefit for preventive care and an unnecessary cost that overtaxes an already burdened system without making people healthier.

Now that the routine checkup is covered under the federal Affordable Care Act as well as Medicare, that debate is likely to heat up.

“The annual physical – the annual part – is where the current tension applies,” said Dr. Edward Yu, a family practice doctor and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s lead physician on quality measures.