Back to the topic of workcover insurer-chosen IME doctors, which remain an ongoing problem for many injured victims. Many of these so called independent medical examination (IME) doctors are in the IME business because they are looking for another way to add to their income by doing these exams. It is important to understand that money, and the promise of future income
can often will influence those IME opinions.
Doctors of all variety of skill and training do these IME examinations, from psychiatrists to neurologists. Typically, we see doctors who are just starting out in practice and doctors who are winding down (or closing) their practices (yep, that’s right, there are many octogenarians!). Fact is, both of these groups of doctors are looking for another way to add (heftily) to their income by doing these examinations. Many such IMEs are obviously NOT (very) successful in their own private practice(s).
Saying that a relatively small group of IMEs consists of ethical and highly professional doctors who actually enjoy the work, which frequently involves testifying in legal matters.
WorkCover pays independent medical examiners generously
Did you know that WorkSafe Victoria (former VWA) pays independent medical examination doctor quite generously. For example Psychiatrists IMEs $907.45 for an assessment and report (plus additional fees for reading files etc!). Now, take one of the more popular (read biased) IME shrinks and add the money up: let’s say s/he examines only 3 injured sods a day, 5 days a week – that would give this IME a total income of at least ($907.45 x 3 = $2722.35 per day x 5) $13611.75 per week– correct thirteen thousand six-hundred and eleven dollars per WEEK – or x 4 = $54447 per MONTH! Well over HALF A MILLION dollars per year!
We all know that workcover insurers have their preferred IMEs, and we can only begin to imagine why any such IME would want to jeopardise such an extremely lucrative business! The more favourable reports they write, the more business they get indeed.
Fee Schedule for Independent Medical ExaminersDownload IME fee schedule
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In addition to that, we also know that some IMEs are also paid secret bonuses for denying and mitigating claims (negate and fabricate biased IME reports)
It is in WorkSafe Vic (and all other state’s WorkCover Authorities) and their Agent’s (workcover insurance companies) best interest to allow dodgy and highly prejudiced IMEs to ‘freely’ operate as so called IMEs – because the more workcover claims these independent medical examiners help to neutralise, minimise or nullify, the more monetary profit the WorkCover Authority and their Agents (workcover insurers) make.