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WE all make resolutions and promises to live healthier and better lives, to make the world a better place. Not having my annual physical is one small way I can help reduce health care costs — and save myself time, worry and a worthless exam.
Around 45 million Americans are likely to have a routine physical this year — just as they have for many years running. A poke here, a listen there, a few tubes of blood, maybe an X-ray, a few reassuring words about diet, exercise and not smoking from the doctor, all just to be sure everything is in good working order. Most think of it as the human equivalent of a 15,000-mile checkup and fluid change, which can uncover hidden problems and ensure longer engine life.
There is only one problem: From a health perspective, the annual physical exam is basically worthless.
originally posted by: nonspecific
Given that the US health indutry is financially motivated I have always assumed that it is in the industies interest to book you in as often as possible, find as many things wrong with you and charge you as much as possible.
originally posted by: retiredTxn
a reply to: xuenchen
So, what they are really saying is Obamacare is starting to run deeper in the red, and if you skip an annual check up, it will help the program. It's not really a big deal, unless you miss something that was really important.
If nobody heeds this advice, is this and maybe a few other items they decide aren't necessary, a backdoor way to bankrupt the program? That's probably not the best course, but maybe a start? Too simple I guess.
originally posted by: darkbake
a reply to: xuenchen
That is ridiculous advice. And he is wrong. From a health care cost analysis perspective, preventive medicine is cheaper than fixing problems when it is too late to. And that means going to your physical.
originally posted by: queenofswords
originally posted by: WakeUpBeer
I'll go broke and die before I sign up for ACA "Obama-Care".
B-b-b-ut, if you don't have insurance or sign up for ObamaCare, you are going to be TAXED. Remember, it is a tax and you are required to pay it.