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Research Letter
September 17, 2019

Preventive Services Offered in Executive Physicals at Top-Ranked Hospitals

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 2Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 3Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
JAMA. 2019;322(11):1101-1103. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.10563

Executive physicals are 1- to 2-day comprehensive evaluations offering putative preventive testing and screening. Executive physicals are provided by employers as perks for corporate leaders but can also be purchased by individuals; they may be offered by luxury spas, freestanding companies, or academic medical centers. Flat fees for executive physical packages generally include clinical assessments and specific laboratory and other diagnostic tests, with additional optional or personalized services. By their nature and price, they tend to be used by wealthy individuals and corporate leaders. Executive physicals are poorly described in the literature, with one 2008 article expressing concerns.1 A 2017 news article suggested increasing participation.2

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