Vocational Rehabilitation, Medical Payments and Return to Work after Compensable Injury
This project examines the impact of medical and vocational rehabilitation expenditures on return to work for a sample of permanently disabled workers in Ontario. Using statistical techniques appropriate for addressing the endogeneity of medical and vocational rehabilitation payments and injury severity, we determine the extent to which the intensity medical and vocational rehabilitation interventions influence the return to work, holding constant a myriad of worker and employer characteristics.
Workers' compensation systems provide medical and vocational rehabilitation, and indemnity benefits, as necessary, to workers who are injured at work. It has long been recognized by most observers that the nature and intensity of these interventions following the occurrence of a work injury can influence the likelihood of return to work. However, due largely to data limitations, few return to work studies have examined the impact of these interventions in concert; rather, most studies have looked at the impacts of just one of these interventions on return to work. This represents one of the very first studies to explore the totality of workers' compensation interventions on return to work, using a carefully constructed data set from WSIB sources.