1,700,000+ “Sick” Brits Mysteriously Cured When Gov’t Implemented Medical Testing For Incapacity Benefit
It’s a MIRACLE!
… almost 900,000 have dropped their claim to the taxpayer-funded benefits rather than undergo a new medical test as part of the Coalition welfare reforms. …
Another 837,000 who did take the test were found to be fit to work immediately, and a further 367,300 were judged able to do some level of work.
Or possibly it’s responsible stewardship of public dollars. (Definition of the United Kingdom’s “incapacity benefit” here.)
Disability claims have risen steadily in the United States – even as work-related injuries have declined, by the way. (H’mmm.) This increase of s.s.d.i. claims has threatened the federal budget on both the spending and the revenue sides: by the outflow of claims payments and by the absence of the income tax that would be coming in if the recipient had gainful employment. Do you suppose if we implemented similar medical testing or, heaven forbid, tightened up the qualifying standard slightly – heck, just put it back the way it was in 1981 – we might work some “miracle” cures on our side of the pond?