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Table 5 2005 estimated prevalence of illness inferred from drugs’ dispensation among 2,028,621 insured

From: Disease identification based on ambulatory drugs dispensation and in-hospital ICD-10 diagnoses: a comparison

Morbidity categories Crude rates (%) Gender and age adjusted rates (%) Published prevalence rates (%)b
Pain 31.6 31.4  
Other acute upper respiratory infections 18.1 18.2  
Bacterial infection or septicemia 17.5 17.4  
Hypertensive disease/heart failure 14.9 19.0 Aged 35–75: 36.7, 50.1% currently treated [35]
Mental disorders 14.1 14.1 Aged 18–65: 26.0 -28.3 [36]
Other mental and behavioral disorders 10.1 9.3  
Mood [affective] disorders 7.5 8.3 Major depression: 2-7 [36, 37]
Schizophrenia, schizotypal and delusional disorders 1.7 1.8 0.2–1.3 [36, 37]
Diseases of esophagus and peptic ulcer 9.4 9.1  
Functional digestive disorders 9.2 9.0  
Thrombo-embolic risk or disease 7.9 7.4  
Mycosis 7.2 7.1  
Hyperlipidemia 7.3 10.8 Aged 35–75 treated: 13.5 [35]
Dermatitis 6.4 6.3  
Other diseases of upper respiratory tract - allergy 5.3 5.4  
Reactive airway disease 5.4 5.6 Aged > 29: 5.0 [38]
Infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue 3.9 3.9  
Conjunctivitis 3.2 3.3  
Diabetes mellitus 3.1 3.8 Aged >19: 3.5-4.3 [39, 40]
Gastroenteritis of presumed infectious origin 2.8 2.8  
Anemia - nutritional 2.6 2.5  
Inflammatory diseases of female pelvic organs 2.5 2.5  
Eye inflammation 2.1 2.1  
Hyperplasia of prostate 2.2 5.2 Males > 39: 13-28 [41],a
Acne 1.8 1.9  
Inflammatory polyarthritis and connective tissue disorders 1.7 1.6  
Glaucoma 1.6 2.9 Aged > 39: 2 [42],a
Osteoporosis 1.5 3.3 Aged > 39: 13.8 [43]
Epilepsy 1.3 1.3 1.0 [44],a
Thyroid disorders 1.2 1.2 1.0 [45],a
Disorders of external ear 1.1 1.1  
Hemorrhoids 1.0 1.0  
Migraine 0.99 0.98  
Ischemic heart disease 0.99 0.89  
Malignant neoplasm 0.74 0.71  
Vertigo 0.73 0.70  
Parasitosis 0.68 0.68  
Gout 0.70 0.66  
Viral diseases 0.61 0.60  
Psoriasis 0.53 0.52  
Parkinson’s disease 0.54 1.68 Aged > 59: 0.91 [46]
Conduction disorders and cardiac arrhythmias 0.52 0.47  
Paludism 0.29 0.29  
Alzheimer's disease 0.30 1.26 Aged > 59: 4.5 [46]
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis 0.27 0.26 0.21 [47]
Hemorrhagic risk or disease 0.19 0.24  
Obesity 0.22 0.21  
Human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] disease 0.15 0.14 0.3 [48]
Transplant 0.12 0.12 Renal grafts only ~0.04 [49],b
Mental and behavioral disorders due to alcohol 0.12 0.12  
Other endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases 0.09 0.09  
Anemia - others 0.08 0.08  
Poisonings by drugs, medication and biological substances and toxic effects of substances chiefly nonmedicinal 0.06 0.06  
Multiple sclerosis 0.05 0.05  
Influenza 0.04 0.04  
Hepatitis B or C 0.03 0.03  
Neutropenia 0.03 0.02  
Tuberculosis (active) 0.01 0.01 0.008 [50]
Abuse of opioids 0.01 0.01  
  1. aInternational data due to lack of Swiss data.
  2. bConsidering 250 transplants per year between 1998 and 2006, and a graft half-life of 13 years.