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Periodic Health Examinations

Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee Recommendation

  • The Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee recommends decreasing the frequency of annual health exams to every 2 years in asymptomatic adults.

Read the full OHTAC Recommendation report

Adults often visit their doctor for a periodic health examination (a checkup). Periodic health examinations offer people a chance to have their overall health checked, be screened for disease risk, and to ask questions about their health.

Health Quality Ontario Reviews Periodic Health Examinations

Health Quality Ontario reviewed the evidence to find out whether or not periodic health examinations improved people’s health, and how often they should be offered. Health Quality Ontario also looked at whether or not periodic health examinations are cost-effective.

Periodic Health Examinations: A Rapid Review (PDF)
November 2012

Periodic Health Examinations: A Rapid Economic Analysis (PDF)
July 2013

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The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has accepted this recommendation.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the following response: Relevant language in the Schedule of Benefits for Physician Services has been updated.

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As part of our core function to promote health care supported by the best available evidence, we use established scientific methods to analyze the evidence for a wide range of health interventions, including diagnostic tests, medical devices, interventional and surgical procedures, health care programs and models of care. These analyses are informed by input from a range of individuals, including patients and clinical experts. The Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee — a committee of the Health Quality Ontario board of directors — reviews the evidence and makes recommendations about whether health care interventions should be publicly funded or not. Draft recommendations are posted on the Health Quality Ontario website for feedback. Final recommendations are approved by our board of directors and then shared with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. For more detailed information, visit our Evidence to Improve Care pages.


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