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Steve Payne   

Report hammers Ontario’s WSIB for endangering workers’ health to help its bottom line

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Similar claims have been made for years - all vigorously denied by WSIB

Claims that Ontario’s WSIB has cut benefits to injured workers to improve its bottom line have been repeatedly denied by the government agency.

A story in the Toronto Star (here) on Wednesday outlines a new study, based freedom of information requests to the WSIB, that alleges “a significant cut in prescription drug benefits that affects thousands of injured workers per year” since the WSIB began a cost-cutting drive in 2010.

The report is called “Bad Medicine: a report on the WSIB’s transformation of its health care spending.” It was compiled by a group called the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO) and Antony Singleton, a Danforth Avenue, Toronto lawyer who markets himself as a WSIB “fight for your rights” specialist.

About 18 months ago, our columnist Alec Caldwell wrote several articles about the WSIB’s “claims denial binge” that were refuted by a letter to Canadian Contractor by WSIB’s chief operating officer John Slinger. Read those posts here.

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