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Bringing in more GPs will improve the health of any area, no matter how poor or affluent it is, Government-funded research concludes.
The unpublished study found the number of GPs in an area was the prime indicator of the health of its people, even after factors such as relative deprivation, housing and crime were accounted for.
Author Professor Hugh Gravelle, professor of economics at the University of York's Centre for Health Economics, said the study was the first to exclude such socio-economic variables.
He said: 'Previous studies implied more GPs help health but it was difficult to prove as there was no taking into account whether GPs were attracted to areas of affluence and better health.
'This is the first time anybody has managed to prove that more GPs means better health.'