Is BWC Ready To End Free Choice Of Doctors In Ohio Workers Compensation Claims?

by Dean Pavick on March 29, 2014

It appears that big business interests and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation(BWC) are ready to support a new workers compensation law which effectively takes away the rights of injured workers to choose their own doctors to treat them for their work injuries. This will ultimately result in the establishment of medical clinics filled with ultraconservative doctors with leanings toward Ohio employers and the BWC. Do  injured workers really believe that such physicians will be looking out for the best interest of the patient? Did injured workers, in the old days, usually feel comfortable being treated by company doctors paid by employers? Although no bill has yet been introduced into the Ohio legislature, such legislation is highly likely in the near future.

In 2012, a bill was introduced in the Ohio House, backed by employers, the BWC and special interest groups , to eliminate the free choice of doctors and heavily regulate medical treatments. Fortunately, Ohio employees, concerned citizens and workers compensation attorneys  representing injured workers successfully fought the bill which ultimately “died” in committee. This bill, which is probably similar to a new bill which will be introduced, was discussed in a previous blog which the reader is encouraged to read.

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