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Section 3: Factors Related to Work Disability

3.4. How many people receive Workers' Compensation?

An estimated 96.1 million employees were insured by Workers' Compensation in 1993. From 1983 to 1993, disability compensation payments grew from $10.4 million to $23.4 million while compensation payments to survivors rose only slightly from $1.5 million to $1.9 million over the same period.

Employers' self-insurance payments and medical and hospitalization costs tripled in the ten years between 1983 and 1993. Employers' self insurance payments rose from $3.2 million to $9.9 million while medical and hospitalization costs rose from $5.7 million to $17.5 million.

Workers' Compensation disability payments more than doubled between 1983 and 1993.

Line graph showing Workers' Compensation disability payments between the years 1983 and 1993.

Figure 17: Workers' compensation payments (in thousands) for disability and survivors, 1983-1993

Source: Social Security Administration (1996), Table 9, B1, p. 351.

Surveys: Social Security Administration Program Data, multiple years.

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