Better guidelines and quality control are really needed for independent medical examiners (IMEs) and impairment assessors, along with rigid ethics requirements and recordings of examinations/assessments of all injured workers.
Referring back to yesterday’s article “Workcover Insurer & IMEs behaviour ‘disgraceful’ and ‘seriously alarming’ says Judge”, and I am NOT saying all doctors in our workcover system are horrible creatures; many have indeed left the industry for private practice (rather, it is said that some have ‘retired into’ workcover examinations/assessments…), we believe better guidelines for IME (and the like) designations, along with rigid ethics requirements, stringent quality control and recordings of examinations/assessments of all injured workers must be seriously considered in order to save lives and indict criminals.
Something is rotten in the workcover system
Submitted by @Injured (via email)
When doctors are not held accountable for false ‘independent’ medical reports and/or impairment assessments that cause harm and even death, written for profit and with the obvious intention to deny medical treatment, weekly payments and/or worse, something’s rotten in the workcover system.
When doctors can willfully change dates of injuries in order to use past medical reports to falsely substantiate
‘pre-existing’ conditions, something’s rotten in the workcover system.
When the workcover system itself allows for ‘secret reports’ and hefty payments to doctors who can’t even get a date of injury right, something is rotten in the system.
We need fresh trials, and stop history from repeating itself!