Workers comp still needs to be reformed

first_imgOn April 29, The Daily Gazette ran a story on changes to the New York state workers compensation system. Having a ringside seat to all the changes made to the comp system over the last decade, I agree with these changes. The doctors treating comp patients deserve more money and a lot less paperwork. Even though these changes are necessary, they are not the most pressing changes that need to be made to the comp system. The change that should be made is to do away with the workman compensation medical treatment guidelines.These guidelines make it impossible for an injured worker in New York to get the proper medical care.At the very least, remove the retroactive clause from the guidelines so injured workers with long-term injuries that need long-term care can get that medical care.That’s not what the state wants, though it wants to appear tough on comp fraud and business friendly. What the state has done is broken a system that wasn’t broken, making New York one of the most unsafe states in which to work. The comp board’s mission statement bears that out, stating in part “protecting the rights of injured employees while doing what is fair to employers.” Can anyone say “conflict of interest?”Last summer, the insurance company tried to deny me all my medical care for my work-related injury, as if I magically got better. If I hadn’t fought so hard, it would’ve gotten away with it. The guidelines and the judges favor the businesses and the insurance companies that represent them.In the end, I now pay for two medical treatments out of pocket for my work-related injury that are essential to my physical well-being. This should never happen with a work-related injury. Greg McDermottGansevoort More from The Daily Gazette:Police: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

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