Even before the formal introduction of a new workers’ comp bill, the main sponsor is saying that he is willing to back away from a directed-care system that would let companies send injured employees to send particular doctors in the hope of lowering treatment costs.
With state lawmakers’ latest push to rein in workers’ comp costs, construction workers and others are in danger of losing a guarded perk: Their ability to choose which doctor they will see for treatment of a workplace injury.
Wisconsin has one of the finest workers' compensation systems in the nation, and this fact has directly benefited workers and employers for more than a century. But this should not preclude our elected officials and state government from looking at operational efficiencies so that we can have an even better system for our citizens.
The state has put four new investigators on the worker-misclassification beat – including one who had pursued military criminals in Iraq – and one of their first assignments is to clean up the construction industry.