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Occupational health in Massachusetts: use of workers' compensation insurance for medical care for work-related injuries.

Authors
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Occupational Health Surveillance Program
Source
Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2009 Dec; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20042558
Abstract
Highlights: 1) An anonymous telephone survey, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, included questions about workers' compensation for 4,321 Massachusetts adults in 2007. 2) Of these survey respondents who had been employed for wages, 4.2% reported being injured seriously enough while performing job duties during the previous 12 months that they required medical advice or treatment. 3) Of the respondents who had a workplace injury requiring medical attention, just under 60% reported that workers' compensation insurance paid for the care. 4) By far the most frequent source of payment other than workers' compensation was private insurance (24% of respondents). 5) These findings suggest that Massachusetts workers are not receiving all the occupational health benefits to which they are entitled, and that these costs are being shifted to other sources.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Surveillance-programs; Health-surveys; Questionnaires; Information-systems; Information-retrieval-systems; Occupations; Risk-factors; Behavior; Industrial-exposures; Work-environment; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Health-protection; Statistical-analysis; Health-care; Medical-treatment; Disabled-workers
Contact
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
Publication Date
20091201
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Source Name
Occupational health in Massachusetts: use of workers' compensation insurance for medical care for work-related injuries
State
MA
Performing Organization
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
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