Balance Critical to Workers Compensation Systems
Industry Issues | Workers Compensation
Workers compensation insurance provides medical and monetary benefits for
workers who are injured or become ill on the job. State workers compensation
systems are designed to balance the interests of injured employees who need
medical care and replacement income and employers that seek a predictable and
insurable cost structure to accommodate employees' needs.
PCI supports proposals that are fair to all stakeholders and carry out the
primary goal of workers compensation, which is to provide injured workers the
best care available, so they can return to work as soon as they are able and
continue to be productive members of our society.
Workers Compensation Trends
Escalating medical costs, which represent nearly 60 percent of total workers
compensation losses, are disrupting the balance in many workers compensation
systems. As a result, states are searching for ways to control medical costs.
The following factors are contributing to escalating medical costs:
- Increases in the number of treatments per claim
- Medical cost inflation
- Volume of prescriptions being written by physicians
- Over-prescribing of narcotic drugs
- An aging workforce
- Medical technology
Work Comp Analysis Group on LinkedIn
National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc.
Compensation Research Institute
for Medicare and Medicaid Services
PCI is prepared to work with the business community to address a wide variety
of workers compensation issues ranging from very specific improvements to
defending against measures that would increase costs to considering reforms
that would encourage competitive marketplaces.