REVEALED: The mental illnesses costing SA billions

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Cape Town - Mental health spend has increased by more than 80% in the past five years, reaching R2bn in 2016 with hospitalisation claims amounting to R32m more than predicted, according to Discovery Health CEO Dr Jonathan Broomberg.

"Mental health spend increased by 87% over the past five years (from 2011 to 2016)," said Broomberg.

Discovery Health's data shows that depression contributed over 40% of the overall mental health disease burden. Other conditions include attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, parasomnia (sleep disorder), anxiety disorder, non-specific neuroses and bipolar mood disorder.

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