ESRI Research Bulletin

Free GP care and mental health

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September 22, 2020
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This paper examines the impact of a policy that extended free GP care to those over 70 on their mental health. It was found that whilst stress levels among this group decreased by 6 per cent, there was no evidence for significant changes in quality of life, life satisfaction and depression.