In this era of evidence-based medicine, things are changing and challenging conventional thinking. Now Annual Physical examination has been replaced with Periodic Health Examination.
This means routine testing for every disease is no longer the way to good health as it done annually with annual physical. There is evidence that this does not improve health. Instead, it can discover abnormality in someone who does not have the disease in up to 30 % of the case and this can raise a false alarm and in some instance, it can lead to complications.
Periodic health examination means screening for disease only relevant to your age gender, personal history and also preventive health practices with screening and appropriate counseling.
This is also done once a year so you still need to book an appointment for this visit. There are some tests specifically that we will be reviewed before they are ordered.