What is it about?
Well, thestar.com posted an article on the internet, that I feel you need to read. It's entitled, WSIB cutting costs at expense of workers' health, report says: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/05/24/wsib-cutting-costs-at-expense-of-workers-health-report-says.html.
Please, click on the link. Read the article.
In case you couldn't, I decided to share all the information stated on the article (I copied/pasted):
Study, based on freedom of information requests to worker compensation board, notes there’s been a significant cut in prescription drug benefits affecting thousands of injured workers a year.
Ontario’s worker compensation board is saving money by reducing spending on drug benefits for workplace accident victims and by providing financial incentives to their health-care providers to limit treatment time, a new report compiled by a Toronto-based legal clinic says.
The study released Wednesday, which is based on a series of freedom of information requests to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, says there has been “a significant cut in prescription drug benefits that affects thousands of injured workers per year” since a cost-cutting drive initiated at the board in 2010. It also found a shift toward “services that are structured to drive down the cost of benefits paid to injured workers.”
“For injured workers, the WSIB’s historic ‘transformation’ has resulted in substantial, harmful cuts to health-care benefits,” says the report, which was conducted by the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO) and Toronto lawyer and worker compensation specialist Antony Singleton.
“Injured workers need to be able to trust WSIB to provide the health care they need, but this report shows that the WSIB is abusing that trust and unfairly reducing claims costs at the expense of workers’ health,” said Jessica Ponting, a community legal worker with IAVGO.
Since 2010, the WSIB has sought to reduce its $14 billion unfunded liability, but maintains that health outcomes are improving amongst injured workers. When it comes to health benefits, it says the falling price of drugs and a board-wide strategy to limit the prescription of harmful narcotics has saved money.
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WSIB has responded to past criticisms of its health services, including a formal complaint to Ontario’s ombudsman by injured worker advocates, by saying it has “confidence in the integrity of Ontario’s health-care professionals” and that it “acts quickly to ensure workers receive timely, specialized medical care.”
The IAVGO study, entitled “Bad Medicine: a report on the WSIB’s transformation of its healthcare spending,” claims the organization slashed spending on prescription drugs by one-third between 2010 and 2015, and reduced the number of claimants it provides drug benefits to; in 2010, 38 per cent of successful claimants were allowed drug benefits but by 2015, the figure was 27 per cent.
“This reduction has exceeded the decline in the total number of allowed claims entering the system,” the report says.
Oh... be still my heart.
It truly makes me feel sick in my heart, to hear more about how the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is hurting and abusing people. Especially, people who have been hurt while working at their jobs... for they are being hurt, more... and more.
I believe WSIB and their workers shouldn't be doing this. For, God has told us to help people be healed.
Just as we read, in Hebrews 12:12-13, "Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed."
See, we are to help people become healed.
But, WSIB isn't doing all it should. And, it's now doing even more to hurt those who need to be healed.
WSIB and the people who work for them, are definitely NOT doing what God would have them do.
Pray for those who are sinfully working for WSIB, and hurting injured workers.
Pray that anyone hurt, will forgive WSIB and those working for them.
Pray that injured workers will become healed.
May God bless you.
Until next time...
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