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Resource ID: #17299
Subject: Social Issues
Source: Consumer Reports
Date: 2000-02-01



"Consumer Reports uncovered a series of formidable obstacles that disabled employees face in winning medical care and compensation. These include: cruel and unnecessary delays; endless medical examinations by a series of doctors; a probe of their medical and personal histories to see whether some "preexisting condition" led to their illness or injury; surveillance by private detectives; and a disability-assessment system that leaves them so little that they are forced into poverty." The investigation questioned the common perception of injured workers as "slackers, out to cheat the system." The reporter found that, "ironically,...employers and health care providers - not claimers - were responsible for the biggest losses."

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