We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What an annual physical does is give your physician (or veterinarian for your pets) a chance to see you and form a general impression about your health. Then, when you do get sick you are already established with a doctor and they can at least vaguely recall you when you were in a healthy state.
I agree with ama. It is an opportunity to connect with your doctor, discuss aches and pains and stay involved in your health management. Establish a friendly relationship with your doctors and nurses. They are nice people who do good things for you. Bring them tickets, flowers and candy. It's a rough life and your medical team can save your ass.
As an Assistant Scoutmaster I am required to get one by the Boy Scouts of America before I am permitted to accompany Scouts on any trip longer than 71 hours or that puts me more than 1/2 hour transport to the nearest point that EMS services can reach (for the latter a certain height/weight standard must also be met).
The Boy Scouts now require an annual physical for everyone. Previously it was a physical every three years for the Scouts and annual for those over 40. When they changed, one of the new requirements was acceptable height/weight ratio.
They must have been caught with their physicals out of date so now it is every year.
This isn't about health and safety it is about lawsuits. Ironically if you don't join the Boy Scouts or organized team sports no physical is required. Tens of millions of children get no physical exams and no one is lobbying for them to get them either. Why? No deep pockets to sue.
I get a reminder now from Medicare via email that I haven't had my annual physical nor specific screenings that the Federal government apparently believes I need. Coercive medicine is coming with the notion that doctors will be paid incentive bonuses for ensuring that one gets his or her "preventive care."