Lawmakers work to tackle high workers' comp costs
CONCORD (AP) - Lawmakers are hoping to tackle for good the high costs of New Hampshire's workers' compensation - with surgeries for on-the-job injuries often costing double the same surgery for a non-work related injury.
Politicians, doctors and businesses agree that New Hampshire's costs are too high. Data from the Oregon Workers' Compensation Premium Rate ranking shows New Hampshire's premiums costs are the 12th highest in the country. But a consensus way to cut costs has been elusive.
One effort gaining traction is to adopt a medical fee schedule, which sets fixed prices for what doctors can charge to treat on-the-job injuries. Businesses say this will help lower costs that make it harder to expand.
Doctors say the compensation claims require more time and resources than a normal medical claim.