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As a Family Physician, I was upset by the report on your "physical"- it is misleading to the general public- a 33 yr old has more of a chance to have an abnormal stress test as a false positive than accurately predict coronary artery disease. A full skin exam, etc, can be done by your local Family Physician or provider. Are there enough specialists to have everyone have the "Executive" (and health-care dollar wasteful) physical you had? You also did not address the fact that more than 45 million of the most vulnerable people in the US have NO health insurance to even start this process.
I'm an internist and I feel this was absolutely poor use of resources. There is absolutely no reason why a 33 year old man with minimal risk factors (hypertension?), but completely asymptomatic is getting a stress test. I have to say I'm a little surprised this was not run past a medical correspondent prior to posting.
After watching, I was shocked to see the full extent of T.J.'s physical. I have been getting Physicals every 2 years but I was never offered a complete test as T.J. got. I just get looked at, poked and prodded. What can I do to make sure I get such a complete physical?
N.B. I have an Aetna PPO+ insurance plan from my employer
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