A high percentage of Indians suffer from stress due to work and financial issues. A survey by CignaTTK Health Insurance said about 89 percent of the population in India suffer from stress compared to the global average of 86 percent.
The Cigna 360° Well-Being Survey-Future Assured showed stress levels are high in India compared with other developed and emerging countries including the United States, the UK, Germany, France, China, Brazil and Indonesia.
What more, nearly, 75 per cent of the respondents in the country do not feel comfortable talking to a medical professional about their stress, with consultation cost being one of the biggest barriers. The survey, involving nearly 14,500 people in 23 countries, explores people’s perceptions and concerns on health and their sense of well-being across five key areas -physical, family, social, financial and work.
Workplace wellness has emerged as a key theme with 87 per cent of the respondents feeling that workplace wellness programmes are important in choosing between two potential employers. The findings show that one in two respondents plan to finance their medical expenses from their savings in old age, followed by insurance. Four in 10 Indians have purchased health insurance for themselves. Almost 90 per cent of those surveyed are open to sharing their healthcare data, as they see the benefits for better treatment and lower costs.