Our Boston workers’ compensation lawyers have learned that the average payment per claim for prescription drugs in the Massachusetts workers’ compensation system was 30% lower than the median of 16 other states studied. Titled Prescription Benchmarks for Massachusetts, the report found that the average payment per claim was $289.
Researchers say this discrepancy is due to Massachusetts’ lower pharmacy fee schedule.
Massachusetts is also one of only three states where physician dispensing of prescription medications is not allowed. In states where this practice is common, physician-dispensers often get even higher payouts than pharmacies for the same prescription. Doctors in Massachusetts were also less likely to prescribe brand name medications to injured workers and other patients.
Source: Massachusetts: WC prescription drug costs per claim lower than most states, RiskandInsurance.com, August 2, 2010
Contact our Boston workers’ compensation lawyers if you have been injured on the job in Massachusetts.