How Much Longer Do People Live with Increased Access to Primary Care Physicians?

March 4, 2019 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​A greater supply of primary care physicians was associated with improved mortality rates for cardiovascular, cancer, and respiratory conditions, concludes a study published February 18, 2019, in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers found that, between 2005 and 2015, for every 10 additional primary care physicians per 100,000 population, life expectancy in that area increased by 51.5 days. Meanwhile, an increase of 10 specialist physicians per 100,000 population was associated with a 19.2-day increase in life expectancy.

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