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Why do you need an annual physical?
A TIME Magazine article explains how closer physician-patient relationships may improve the quality of care. Non-sick visits give providers and patients a chance to get to know each other. Providers then know the patient’s “normal” (heart and lung sounds, how their abdomen feels, etc.) and can easily recognize "abnormal."
Patients are also found to feel more comfortable scheduling appointments when things are a little off, and these appointments could catch something big. Most patient visits focus on their current sickness, so the “wellness” issues get pushed to the end of the appointment and may not be discussed at all due to a lack of time. Wellness visits give your provider an opportunity to find out what you care about in terms of your health and partner with you to achieve your own health goals.
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