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Perspective

Improving Value in Health Care — Against the Annual Physical

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  • Ateev Mehrotra, M.D., M.P.H.,
  • and Allan Prochazka, M.D.

Annual physicals do not reduce morbidity or mortality, and they waste time and money. To address their overuse, relationship-building visits could be created, preventive care could be updated in other ways, and reimbursement could be changed accordingly.

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Funding and Disclosures

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Author Affiliations

From the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, and the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center — both in Boston (A.M.); and the Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver (A.P.).