Doctors say the annual physical is not supported by evidence and should become a thing of the past

It may be time to ditch the annual physical.

Studies have shown it isexpensive for the health care system, has few benefits, and can actually be harmful for patients without any symptoms, since many routine tests yield false positives.

Evidence for getting rid of the yearly check-up has been building for years, and two doctors published an opinion piece supporting this idea in the New England Journal of Medicine last week.

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