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California Workers’ Comp Claims Show Sharp Increase in Medical Costs

Business Insurance (05/25/12) Sheena Harrison

Although workers’ compensation reforms in California lowered medical costs by 30% from 2002 to 2005, the Workers Compensation Research Institute says medical costs per workers’ compensation claim edged up 8% annually from 2005 to 2009. The study blames a rise in the use of medical services, more claims with radiology costs, and an increase in a workers’ compensation fee schedule.