Workers' compensation costs are much higher in New Hampshire than in other New England states.
For example, an average physical therapy evaluation costs $181 in New Hampshire, $98 regionally, and $109 nationally according to a report released last May. In general, a medical treatment in New Hampshire can cost double or more if an injury happens at work.
One possible solution is imposing a fee schedule for medical treatments in workers' compensation cases. According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, 44 other states limit how much medical providers can charge in workers' compensation cases.
Medical providers counter that a fee schedule could diminish the quality of care in workers' compensation cases. According to medical providers, there is additional claims work in workers' compensation cases that requires more time - and therefore higher fees.
According to the Valley News, Sen. Jeb Bradley is working to draft a bill that imposes a fee schedule, but also gives medical providers some time to come up with an alternate way to cut workers' compensation costs.
"I have said to everybody you probably won’t like me very much when this is done," said Bradley. "But I’m trying to bring you something that’s reasonable."
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