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Replace Annual Physicals with Real-Time Biomarker Monitoring

The annual physical exam is under fire. Increasingly, physicians believe that the yearly ritual of having our bodies poked and prodded is completely useless, save for the fraction of patients who have a chronic illness or predisposition to disease. Worse, the annual physical is estimated to cost our healthcare system approximately $8 billion for arguably little benefit.

It is unlikely, however, that check-ups will go away completely. Despite the growing consensus against them among medical professionals, 92 percent of Americans believe that the exams are still important. Perhaps that shouldn’t be a surprise. Health anxiety has become something of a national pastime for many of us.


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