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Poor get ill 15 years earlier than the rich

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Elderly People living in the poorest places get ill up to 15 years earlier than those in wealthy areas, a study shows.
Issue 2303

Elderly People living in the poorest places get ill up to 15 years earlier than those in wealthy areas, a study shows.

The survey of two million patients in Scotland showed poor people were worst affected by long-term physical and mental disorders. It found 42 percent had at least one chronic condition.

The researchers added that more GPs are needed in poorer areas.

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