Bavaria: New atlas shows regional differences in diseases

He doesn't answer the question "why" - but a new atlas on the health of Bavarians raises plenty of questions: In some regions people get it particularly often, in others they are in good health.

Bavaria: New atlas shows regional differences in diseases

He doesn't answer the question "why" - but a new atlas on the health of Bavarians raises plenty of questions: In some regions people get it particularly often, in others they are in good health. The differences are sometimes significant.

Munich (dpa / lby) - In some regions of Bavaria, certain diseases occur much more frequently than in others. There is often a noticeable north-east-south-west gradient, as can be seen from the new morbidity and social atlas of the Barmer health insurance company. In Ostallgäu, for example, just 50 out of 1,000 people have diabetes mellitus, while in the district of Wunsiedel there are 121, more than twice as many. A similar picture emerges for liver diseases: in the Swabian district of Günzburg the value is 40, in the Upper Franconian district of Hof it is 110.

"The morbidity and social atlas offers a realistic picture of the health situation of people in Bavaria," explained the deputy state manager of Barmer, Alfred Kindshofer, to the German Press Agency before the official presentation on Thursday in Munich. The experts at the in-house Institute for Health Systems Research had extrapolated the outpatient and inpatient diagnoses and drug prescriptions of Barmer policyholders to the total population for the atlas. The current evaluation is based on the data from 2020 and is considered representative.

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