Health Care Payments
Health care payments are made to or on behalf of injured or ill workers, and in 2016 represented 18 per cent of total payments. The decrease in health care payments between 2012 and 2015 can be attributed to a decrease in the overall number of claims entering the system, and the implementation of the health care and narcotics strategies. Our expanded province-wide network of expert, specialized medical assessment and treatment services ensure that injured workers have access to high quality providers. When needed, specialized hospital-based clinics are used for more complex injuries or occupational illnesses. The narcotics strategy includes increased oversight of how narcotics support treatment goals, including quality of function, quality of life, and safe and sustained return to work.
The decrease in health care costs between 2015 and 2016 is the result of a liability adjustment based on the most recent estimates of amounts owing. Excluding the adjustment, payments would have increased by two per cent in 2016. The increase can be attributed mainly to the increased expenditures related to the specialized clinical services and programs. These services and programs are associated with our overall health care strategy, an important systemic change that has had a large impact on recovery outcomes for injured workers.
Health Care Benefit Payments by Service Categories by Payment Year
*The 2016 figure reflects a liability adjustment of $59M based on the most recent estimates of amounts owing.