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Barmer: Saxony-Anhalt longer and mentally ill

According to an evaluation by the Barmer health insurance company, people in Saxony-Anhalt were on sick leave for longer in the previous year than in 2020. The duration is also well above the national average and the proportion of mental illnesses has increased significantly. This was the result of an evaluation of the sick leave days of around 98,800 employed insured persons aged 15 to 64, as announced by Barmer on Thursday.

In Saxony-Anhalt, people are after an evaluation by the health insurance company Barmer were on sick leave for longer in the previous year than in 2020. The duration is also well above the national average and the proportion of mental illnesses increased significantly. This was the result of an evaluation of the sick leave days of around 98,800 employed insured persons aged 15 to 64, as announced by Barmer on Thursday.

According to statistics, in 2020 an insured person was on sick leave for an average of 21.92 days, compared to 22.29 days last year. This corresponds to an increase of 1.7 percent.

At the same time lies Saxony-Anhalt This is well above the national average of 17.5 sick days. Musculoskeletal disorders accounted for most days absent. The second most common reason for sick leave was mental illness – that’s why in 2021 every employed person insured with the health insurance fund in Saxony-Anhalt was unable to work for 4.14 days, in 2020 it was only 3.88 days.

“Whether the mental stress caused by the corona pandemic is actually the cause of the increase in mental illnesses in 2021 cannot be determined with health insurance data alone,” said Axel Wiedemann, state managing director of Barmer. Even before the pandemic, these sick leave were increasing from year to year. He called on employers to invest more in company health management in order to improve working conditions for employees and thus prevent illness.

dpa