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No pelvic exam, no problem, but what medical care is necessary now?




Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, Chief of General Internal Medicine University of Miami, wears a stethoscope as he conducts a checkup on Juan Gonzalez at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, as the United States House Republicans in Washington, DC were poised to approve a bill repealing the health care law that last year was signed into law overhauling the U.S. health care system on January 18, 2011 in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, Chief of General Internal Medicine University of Miami, wears a stethoscope as he conducts a checkup on Juan Gonzalez at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, as the United States House Republicans in Washington, DC were poised to approve a bill repealing the health care law that last year was signed into law overhauling the U.S. health care system on January 18, 2011 in Miami, Florida.
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The American College of Physicians is now strongly recommending against annual pelvic exams for healthy women.

The news comes after other recommendations that routine mammograms, pap smears and prostate exams are also not necessary for all people, so what is necessary? Do these recommendations portend changes in which services insurance may cover? And does this news change the care you'll ask for next time you visit your doctor?

Guests:

Diana Zuckerman, Ph.D., President of the National Center for Health Research and an Epidemiologist trained at Yale University

Dr. Jan Gurley, a practicing internist physician and health writer for Reporting on health.