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Do you want a Presidential Physical?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

(Image: Zef Delgadillo under CC 3.0)

President Obama had a pretty thorough physical back in February– some say too thorough. And with all the talk over healthcare spending many are wondering just what the President’s included.

The president received two top-of-the-line, high-tech tests, CT scans of his colon and his coronary arteries, you most likely won’t be getting when you show up at your doctor’s office this year.

Neither of these tests are part of a regular annual physical so health insurance companies probably won’t cover the costs.

Some doctors are encouraging more Americans to have the tests, saying they have caught heart disease and colon cancer at early stages. However, other doctors disagree and feel Mr.Obama’s testings fall into the American belief that more healthcare is always better. Such physicians say having the tests are costly and also expose patients to unnecessary radiation.

If you still want the President’s physical, it will cost you a pretty penny even if you have medical insurance. Facilities such as the Cooper Clinic, Scripps Health in San Diego, and the Cleveland Clinic offer “executive physicals” for $2,000 to $3,000 depending on the extent of the exam.

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