DOCS SHRINK ANNUAL PHYSICAL

If you’re healthy, your annual physical by your family doctor will be quicker and involve fewer tests.

Under a deal reached between doctors and the province, the annual health exam will be modernized and personalized to individual needs to reduce unnecessary tests.

The health ministry says the fees paid to doctors for physicals will be reduced for healthy adults because their annual visit will take less time on average.

A recent Danish study concluded doctors should stop offering annual physicals because they don’t appear to reduce deaths from cancer or heart disease but can add to stress levels.

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