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Study cites austerity as factor in stalling of life expectancy in rich countries

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 08 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l645
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

Progress made through the 20th century in adding years to life is now stalling and, in some countries, going into reverse, finds research carried out by Scotland’s Public Health Observatory. It looked at trends in life expectancy across 24 high income countries over periods of five years from 1992 to 2016.1 The stalling was evident in several countries across western Europe and North America.

The research report cites austerity measures introduced in many of the world’s richest countries after the 2008 economic recession as one of the possible causes of a slowing improvement in life …

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