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SELECTED INDICATORS IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION:   A REPORT CARD FOR CALIFORNIANS

Changes in Medical Payments by Type of Provider

The chart below shows the increase in the distribution of medical payments to categories of providers. The biggest increase in the distribution of medical payments for the period of 1995 to 2005 was for pharmacies followed by hospitals.  For the period of 2000 to 2005, the biggest increase was for capitated medical followed by pharmacies.  In the period of 2000 to 2005, there were either less increases or greater decreases than in the period of 1995 to 2000 for the following categories of medical costs: payments to physicians; hospitals; and payments made directly to injured workers.

The chart below shows the change in distribution of medical costs paid by provider type. The biggest increase in the years between 2000 and 2005 was in general and family practice, general surgery and the clinics. The biggest decreases were in physical therapists, orthopedics and chiropractors.

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