People in OECD countries are taking more and more tablets
The recent OECD health report noted with concern that people in the Member States are always using antidepressants. Those responsible see the reason not only in a possible revision and the progress of the "permanent" accessibility through smartphones and other internet-enabled products. For them, the euro crisis is also contributing to the fact that the use of antidepressant medicines has increased continuously since 2000, as can be seen from their report "Health at at Glance 2013". According to this, people in Iceland take the most medication for depression, followed by Australia, Canada, Sweden and Denmark.
In 2011 alone, 106 doses of this group of medicines were prescribed per 1,000 inhabitants per day. In 2000 there were still about 70. But also in Australia, where the daily dose in 2011 was still 89 doses per 1000 inhabitants, there was a noticeable increase. Not even 50 were prescribed there 11 years earlier.
If you look at the average of all OECD countries, you will notice that the use of antidepressants has increased significantly in recent years. In 2000, doctors still prescribed around 30 daily doses per 1,000 inhabitants, which rose to 50 doses in 2011.
Germany below the OECD average Germany with 50 doses per day is below the OECD average. If you take a closer look at the increase, you can see that it has progressed faster, because in 2000, just under 20 doses were prescribed per 1000 inhabitants per day, but what is the reason why more and more people are taking antidepressants? In its report, the OECD refers to other prescription guidelines and mentions different forms of treatment by doctors and psychiatrists in other countries. According to the OECD, another reason could also be that the duration of treatment for depression has increased in some countries. In England, for example, such illnesses are treated longer with medication than in the past, and the increase in daily doses could also be due to the fact that antidepressants are increasingly being prescribed for mild forms of depression.
The OECD also mentions another possible reason in the report: Reports from the past few months that suicide rates have gone up, particularly in crisis countries such as Greece, could be related to the euro crisis. The increase in prescriptions for antidepressants in crisis countries could go hand in hand with this, according to the OECD. In Portugal, the use of antidepressants increased by 20 percent between 2007 and 2011, in Spain by 23 percent. But even in Germany, which is hardly affected by the effects of the crisis, use rose by 46 percent.
Healthcare spending has been reduced The crisis, the OECD continues in the report, has also contributed to many countries massively cutting healthcare spending and giving way to alternative medication prescriptions. In 2011, Germany was still two percent above the OECD average. However, it must be taken into account that people in this country can be treated more in hospitals than in other countries. (fr)
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