Burn-out trend reversal

HAMBURG. In 2013, for the first time in ten years, DAK-Gesundheit registered fewer days of incapacity for work due to burnout among its insured. The cash register reports in a message – and relies on an analysis by the IGES Institute.

According to this, 1,000 DAK insureds had only 67 days lost due to burnout last year. In the previous year there had been 100 days off. The tendency in the first quarter of 2014 would also show that the increase had stopped, the fund writes.

In return, workers stayed away from work because of depression. For example, the number of days absent from health insurance for DAK health has increased by 178 percent in the past 13 years, the report said. In 2012, 850 days of incapacity for work per 1,000 DAK insured persons were due to depression, the fund informed.

In 2013, DAK-Gesundheit, with around 6.2 million insured persons, claimed to have spent a total of 236.5 million euros on services for the treatment of mental illnesses.

That is seven percent of their total expenditure on outpatient services, reports the health fund. In 2009, the volume of expenditure for mental illnesses was still 36.4 million euros less. (ths)