Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island
February 02, 2017
WCB Welcomes New Medical Advisor
The Workers Compensation Board is pleased to welcome Dr. Hendrik Visser as the new Medical Advisor for WCB. Dr. Visser is a long-time family physician and continues to practice part-time at the Wholeness Family Clinic in Crapaud. As WCB’s Medical Advisor, Dr. Visser will work closely with physicians and other healthcare providers to ensure a positive relationship and a common understanding of the principles of occupational medicine and the benefits of return to work. Research shows that the longer an injured worker is away from the workplace, the less likely they are to ever return. Returning to work on a gradual basis can benefit workers on a physical, emotional, and social level and can also help employers retain corporate knowledge and experience. The Medical Advisor also plays a key role in supporting WCB in claim adjudication and claim management by evaluating treatment programs; providing medical advice and opinions; and reviewing medical reports received from health care providers. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Visser to our team,” said Luanne Gallant, CEO for the Workers Compensation Board. “Dr. Visser brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and he will be an excellent resource for our healthcare community when dealing with occupational injuries and disease.” Background Dr. Visser is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School, and began his medical career in West Africa from 1980 to 1985. His passions are whole person medicine, international medicine and occupational medicine. He has authored several books, including a workshop entitled Defeating Dis-Ease™, an approach to lingering pain and illness.
October 28, 2016
WCB announces another year of reduced rates for Island employers
For the seventh consecutive year, the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) has reduced the average assessment rate for Island employers. The average assessment rate for 2017 will be $1.70 per $100 of payroll which is a seven cent decrease from the 2016 rate.The key driver of assessment rates continues to be the costs of workplace injuries. Reduced rates demonstrate a positive trend in safety performance for the majority of Island workplaces.“An awareness of workplace safety and improved safety and return to work efforts are contributing factors to another year of reduced rates for employers,” said Stuart Affleck, Workers Compensation Board Chair. “We commend employers and workers for their continued efforts to making Island workplaces safer for everyone.”The provincial workers compensation system is funded by employer assessments. Every year, the WCB determines the revenue required from Island employers to cover the costs of past, present and future workplace injuries. As a result of the WCB’s positive investment returns and stable financial position, the WCB was able to provide an additional cost savings to employers.“We are pleased to offer another reduction in rates to Island Employers,” said Luanne Gallant, Workers Compensation Board CEO. “We will continue to find ways to support the Island’s labour force and business community, through effective programs, services and workplace safety initiatives.”When WCB PEI’s funded position is outside of the Board’s target range of 100-110 per cent, policy directs the board to make adjustments to assessment rates to provide upward or downward adjustments to move closer to the target range. Given the Board’s current strong funded position, there was a downward adjustment applied to the 2017 rate. Every year the funded position is taken into consideration as the Board establishes the average employer assessment rates.The WCB is in the process of performing a review of the current funding policy to ensure that the policy continues to meets the organization’s objectives.All Island employers will be advised of their individual assessment rates in December 2016, which are based on the costs of claims and the risks of workplace injury in their industries.For more information about WCB rates and ways to reduce costs through injury prevention and return to work programs, visit the WCB website at www.wcb.pe.ca or contact us. For more information on the 2017 Assessment Rates for each rate group, please click here.