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Karen Josephson, MD
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February 2nd, 2008
My husband doesn't want to go to the doctor because he feels fine and fears they will find something wrong if they look. I really want to know he is healthy, and would like him to go get an annual checkup. What do I do?

Ask him the concerns he has – he may be experiencing symptoms which alarm him.  Let him know that with identifying problems there can be treatment.  In order to overcome any problem (refusing to go to the doctor) you need to know the obstacle and the assumptions he has made.  Sometimes they are unfounded, as when they relate a friend’s outcome to what they will experience.  Also, let him know that no one can perform any evaluation or testing without his consent, and that he can control the visit.

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