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California workers' compensation pay used for medical services

In order to maximize the use of public funds, agencies often track the various reasons for disbursement of money. In this state, the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California tracks such data. The tracking enables large public agencies to devise strategies for future development of the program so that it becomes more efficient. Another benefit is that agencies are able to view trends in data and can draw conclusions about whether certain policies are working. The bureau has recently released a report containing the estimated workers' compensation costs for 2016 based on insured employer experience. 

Nearly 60 percent of payments in the system were for medical services. The remaining money went to indemnity benefits including lost wages. The total cost for medical services in 2016 was $4.8 billion. Indemnity benefits used another $3.6 billion. Payments made by the California Insurance Guarantee Association were included in the report. 

The system has used slightly less money last year than they have in 2015 for medical services payouts. Indemnity payments were a slight increase than the previous year. The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California has made the entire report available on their website for individuals to review. 

The California workers' compensation agency is practicing transparency by revealing the results of its assessment. The numbers show that many individuals are able to take advantage of workers' comp programs when they are injured on the job. These programs exist so that individuals and families do not suffer financial ruin when a person is injured at work. Those who are injured while working may choose to enlist a workers' comp attorney for help in filing important insurance claims. 

Source: insurancejournal.com, "Nearly 60% of Payments in California Comp in 2016 Were for Medical Services", June 28, 2017

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