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How can I persuade my stubborn partner to see the doctor?

This week, family physician Dr Mark Rowe advises on the best approach to increasing your health span as you age

Men are often reluctant to seek health advice, despite encouragement from others

Dear Expert,

Can you give me some advice on dealing with a stubborn partner who refuses to go to the doctor? He had some bad experiences in hospitals when he was younger and now looks on anyone who has a medical degree with considerable scepticism. He hasn’t been to the doctor for over five years, when we really should be getting annual health checks due to our age.

When I try to speak to him, ...