Health care payments
Health care payments are made to or on behalf of injured or ill employees for Schedule 2 employers and in 2017 represented 22 per cent of total payments. The increase can be attributed mainly to the increased expenditures related to 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. Our expanded province-wide network of expert, specialized medical assessment and treatment services ensures that injured employees have access to high-quality providers and, when needed, specialized hospital-based clinics for more complex injuries or occupational illnesses. In addition, there was a one-time liability adjustment based on the most recent estimates of amounts owing made in 2016.
Health care benefit payments by service categories by payment year
* The 2016 figure reflects a liability adjustment of $7 million based on the most recent estimates of amounts owing.