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Responding to the workers' compensation crisis. A proposal on the structure and management of workers' compensation programs.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pennsylvania medicine
Publication Date
Volume
95
Issue
2
Pages
18–20
Identifiers
PMID: 1532248
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In 1990 job-related injuries are estimated to have cost American employers over $60 billion in direct workers' compensation expenses, a figure which has doubled in the past four years and which may do so again by 1995. The medical costs of treating work-related injuries and illnesses are estimated to have consumed 41 percent of workers' compensation payouts for 1990, the remainder by indemnity claims costs. Taken together with a 17.1 percent increase in group health care costs in 1990, there is concern for the maintenance of a reasonable business atmosphere under which businesses may remain competitive and prosperous, and employment will be available.

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