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Occupational health in Massachusetts: use of workers' compensation insurance for medical care for work-related injuries.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Occupational Health Surveillance Program
Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2009 Dec; :1-4
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.
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
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
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Occupational health in Massachusetts: use of workers' compensation insurance for medical care for work-related injuries
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: July 24, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division