Injured employees sometimes go door-to-door seeking a sympathetic doctor who will provide a diagnosis to extend their workers’ comp benefits.
A new Johns Hopkins University study shows how prevalent such “doctor shopping” is. It says less than 4% of treating physicians account for more than 72% of workers’ comp costs.
The study looked at workers’ comp cases over a five-year period in Louisiana, which allows injured workers to choose their doctors. Some states don’t.