These stress-related conditions could well be linked to the recession, he said.
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Johannesburg - South Africa's first recession in 17 years could be to blame for an increasing number of stress-related illnesses, Pro Sano Medical Scheme said on Tuesday.
"Quite simply, it seems as though money worries and job insecurity are making people sicker and leading to increased hospitalisation and medical treatment," he said.
Arens said a number of medical schemes had reported a significant change in the usual claims patterns and it appeared medical aid claims were on the increase.
He said hospitals run as businesses were also feeling increased pressure to show profits and keep their shareholders happy.