Harvard Health Blog
A checkup for the checkup: Do you really need a yearly physical?
Posted October 23, 2015, 8:00 am Amy Ship, M.D., Contributing Editor In the United States, annual physicals are part of the fabric of our health care system. For adults, even perfectly healthy ones, an annual visit to the doctor has long been considered to be the foundation of good care. But recently, experts have begun questioning whether our collective belief in this ritual is reasonable. Are the benefits of annual care actually as great