Erfurt (dpa/th) - People in Thuringia are affected by a number of diseases far more frequently than the national average. According to a study by the Barmer health insurance company, 362 out of 1,000 people in Bavaria suffer from heart disease. That is 40 percent more than the national average, as the health insurance company announced on Wednesday.
In terms of lung diseases, Thuringia was 18 percent above the national average and thus higher than any other federal state. This also applies to spinal cord disorders with 28 percent and musculoskeletal disorders also with 28 percent.
Based on all the diseases recorded, Thuringia took last place in a national comparison. The so-called morbidity index was 31 percent above the national average. The value should provide information about the supply requirement. The healthiest people lived in Hamburg with a morbidity index of 13 percent below average, and in Bremen and Baden-Württemberg with a value of 12 percent below average.
For the study, Barmer's insured data was evaluated, extrapolated and presented on an interactive map of Germany. The data refer to 2020. According to its own information, Barmer has around 205,000 insured persons in Thuringia.