How Much Does Healthcare Influence Longevity?

May 15, 2019

(Medscape) – Healthcare is only one of several factors that affect longevity in the United States, a new study reaffirms. Behavioral and social factors have much more influence.Robert Kaplan, PhD, and Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH, from Stanford University School of Medicine’s Clinical Excellence Research Center in California, tested how much healthcare affects the risk for premature death using four different research methods and data sets. All four methods yielded the same conclusion: Healthcare accounts for between 5% and 15% (roughly 10%) of variation in premature death, whereas behavioral and social factors account for 16% to 65%.

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