Stanford University researchers say where you live can also help you live longer

Do you want to live longer? Live near a primary-care physician.

Analyzing U.S. population data, every 10 additional primary-care physicians per 100,000 people was associated with a 51.5-day increase in life expectancy, researchers at Stanford University found in a study published Monday in the peer-reviewed medical journal JAMA. However, from 2005 to 2015, the density of primary-care physicians actually fell to 41.4 per 100,000 people from 46.6.

‘Persistent payment disparities between primary care and procedural specialties continue to erode the U.S. primary care physician workforce.’

Data from 3,142 U.S. counties, 7,144 primary-care service areas, and 306 hospital referral regions were used to investigate the association of primary-care physician supply with changes in life expectancy and mortality after adjusting for health care, demographic, socioeconomic, and other lifestyle factors.

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