The Free State has more people diagnosed with mental health trouble than any other province, Discovery says – and has more psychologists than KZN
- Discovery Health said its highest number of mental health diagnoses is in the Free State.
- Overall 37% more Discovery members received treatment than in 2009.
- The number of men treated jumped by 49%, and the number of children by 18%.
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The highest number of Discovery Health members diagnosed with mental health issues is in the Free State, a new report by the medical aid showed.
The Discovery Health Mental Health Claims Tracker report for 2018, released on Thursday, showed that 7.3% of Discovery Health members diagnosed with a mental condition nationwide was in the Free State.
“Across the regions, the Free State is seen to have the highest number of psychologists and psychiatrists as a proportion of the [Discovery Health] membership size within the region, which could explain the higher levels of diagnoses in that region,” the report noted.
The Free State was followed by the Eastern Cape with 6.6%, and Gauteng with 6.1%.
KwaZulu-Natal had the lowest number of mental health patients in 2018, with 4.9%.
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Overall, Discovery said 12.6% of its members claimed for mental health conditions in 2018 - a growth of 37% since 2009.
364,746 Discovery Health members were diagnosed with a mental health condition in 2018.
The number of men treated with mental health conditions jumped by 49% in ten years to 11.1% - compared to the number of women treated, which grew by 37% to 17.9%. 61% more women than men were, however, treated.
The number of children treated grew by 18% to 8.2%.
Men were most likely to be treated for mental health conditions at the age of 33.9, compared to women at 37.1.
Depression was the most treated mental health condition among men and women, which represents 45% of all diagnoses.
Among men, parasomnia or sleep disorder was the second most prevalent, while bipolar mood disorder was the second most prevalent among women.
In total, Discovery health medical scheme spent R2.6 billion on mental health conditions in 2018 - a growth of 224% from 2009.
It represented 4.5% of all medical scheme claims from members in 2018.