Letters to the Editor

Mary Beth Miranda: Whether to get yearly physical a personal decision

Regarding the Jan. 11 column “ That annual physical? Skip it”: Count me among those who are grateful not to be a patient of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel.

Over the past five years, my doctor has found two minor issues that could have developed into major health problems if not identified early. I am grateful that my doctor looks out for those “whose exams suggest they might have a disease.”

On the other hand, I am also not a supporter of the Obamacare approach of requiring free annual physicals for everyone. Why not return to the approach of allowing each patient in consultation with a doctor to decide whether an annual physical is necessary?

Mary Beth Miranda