At least 2 times each year I donate blood -- they check pulse, BP, & temp, but that's all.
Each year I get a flu shot - even less of an 'exam' than giving blood.
I think the last time I had a physical was 8 years ago (and probably more than that for the one before it). I have no health complaints, feel fine, etc. But once a decade is a routine even I can follow, so I'll be at the appointment Monday night.
It's not cost, it's not hate of the exam, it's just never been something I've been concerned with getting done. There's always too many other things that need to be done that take priority,
I will give my body sometime to get better. Usually about a week, unless it's extremely painful. If I'm still feeling crummy I will go. That's just me. I've always had decent healthcare and it was free when I was in the Navy. It's just how I am.
I read this post... and not to get off topic but I am marrying a doctor... Wonder if I will be able to avoid her! HA HA HA
Unlikely unless you have exactly one apple per day. I hear that works.
I don't typically go because in the past I've been able to take care of the problem better myself!
I avoid going when not necessary, I go when it is.
The full story is this: I've had some life threatening illnesses in my life that resulted in chronic and life altering issues. For the most part these issues are manageable, not treatable, and while incredibly inconvenient, not normally dangerous. I thank the doctors that have kept me alive and made my life easier.
I've also been injured. A lot. I was a parents worst nightmare. Constant breaks, sprains, foreign bodies lodged in my ear canal, perforated eardrums, dislocations, concussions contusions you name it. A high pain tolerance goes hand in had with injuring yourself on a weekly basis, and when a doctor sees a kid who has been injured and isn't crying or screaming, they tend to assume that the kid isn't that grievously injured, and do dumb things like trying to put my broken, not dislocated, shoulder back in the socket, or missing a perforated eardrum etc. Those doctors can hang for all I care.
The point is, I know what I'm susceptible to (joint issues, kidney stones, etc) and I know when these hit emergency status, which is rare. I know how I've injured myself and I'm usually competent to decide whether I can walk it off/rest it or if I need to go get it rebroken, reset, or put back in the socket.
Thats what I base my judgment calls on. If I had an issue that was serious, and really didn't know what was wrong, obviously I'm going to see a doctor.
Even though I like my doctor, I always resist going in. Unless it's a pretty serious or long/annoying health issue. Part of it is the hassle or the fact that doctor's make me feel really nervous.