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The Difference in Life Expectancy Between the Rich and Poor is Getting Worse

A new UK study suggests we’re all going to live longer than expected—but some more than others.

You'd expect life expectancy to keep rising in the future: As we cure more illnesses and work to improve our general living situation, it's no surprise that our prospective age of death continues to steadily climb. But a new UK study suggests that life expectancy in 2030 will exceed official forecasts—if you live in the right postcode.

The good news: We're going to live longer than expected. The bad news: We're not ready for it, and inequality is going to grow along with the national average.

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