Having more GPs increases life expectancy: study

More primary care doctors increase a person's chance of being treated for CVD risk factors or major cancers
Reuters Health

Having access to more GPs adds 50 days’ life expectancy to those living in communities with lots of primary care doctors compared with those in areas with fewer doctors, a US study suggests.

Each 10 additional primary care physicians per 100,000 people in the US was associated with a 51.5-day increase in life expectancy during the decade 2005-2015, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California.