It might be the most familiar medical procedure: The annual check-up. Doctors screen for harmful diseases and check in on a patient’s well-being. And, if a new study is right, they waste lots of health care dollars without making patients any healthier.
Two doctors in Colorado scanned through 14 randomized, controlled studies involving 182,000 patients. The articles spanned from 1963 to 1999. The doctors looked at whether those who had regular check-ups had higher mortality rates than their counterparts who dodged such visits. They could not find a difference.