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Workers’ compensation needs better health care – Part I

Dr Mary Wyatt

Dr Wyatt explains how problems with agency, explanation deficits, delays and disputes, over-medicalisation and failure to deal with distress and whole, complex people (rather than just their medical problems) derail health outcomes in workers' comp.

Improving health care for people who have a work injury is long overdue. As an occupational physician for over 20 years I’ve seen way too many people inadvertently drawn into overtreatment of everyday health issues. For many, this contributes to unnecessary disability and long-term problems.  The aim of workers’ compensation is to provide injured or ill workers with benefits that support recovery and return to work.  With t...

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