Health Care Payments
Health care payments are made to or on behalf of injured or ill workers for Schedule 2 employers and in 2016 represented 24 per cent of total payments. 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 5 per cent in 2016. 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 for injured workers. Our expanded province-wide network of expert, specialized medical assessment and treatment services ensure that injured workers have access to high-quality providers and, when needed, specialized hospital-based clinics for more complex injuries or occupational illnesses.
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.