Health

Thursday 31 July 2014

Big jump in women's pay claims over mental health

Published 13/06/2014|02:30

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Mental health related claims were among the top reasons women sought out a payment from their income protection policy
Mental health related claims were among the top reasons women sought out a payment from their income protection policy

There has been an alarming rise in women making insurance claims for psychiatric conditions, writes Charlie Weston.

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Mental health-related claims were one of the top reasons people sought a payout on their income protection policy last year, said Friends First.

Depression was one of the main mental illness issues.

Orthopaedic problems and psychiatric conditions were the top two illnesses which resulted in an income protection claim last year.

Cancer came third, according to Friends First figures on the payments it made last year.

An analysis of the data shows a high level of claims being made by women, with 54pc of total claims made by females compared with 46pc of claims by men.

Director of Friends First Karen Gallagher said claims for depression were now common.

She said that 64pc of claims for psychiatric conditions were being made by women, with 36pc of claims in this area coming from men.

Irish Independent

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