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  • Counties with more trees and shrubs spend less on Medicare, study finds

    University of Illinois graduate student Douglas A. Becker and his colleagues found that U.S. counties with more trees and shrubs tended to have lower Medicare costs.

    University of Illinois graduate student Douglas A. Becker and his colleagues found that U.S. counties with more trees and shrubs tended to have lower Medicare costs.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Douglas Becker, call 847-431-0504; email  dab3@illinois.edu.

    To reach Matthew Browning, call 217-300-3496; email  brownin@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Is green land cover associated with less health care spending? Promising findings from county-level Medicare spending in the continental United States” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    D.O.I.: 10.1016/j.ufug.2019.02.012