Patients who miss GP appointments die earlier: study

Even an occasional no-show is bad for your health
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Patients who occasionally miss a GP appointment — even just one a year – have a higher rate of mortality compared with those who always show up, an analysis of more than 800,000 patients suggests.

In a UK study of more than 11 million appointments, patients who missed one or two appointments a year had a mortality rate twice as high as those who never missed them.