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Is Disability the New Welfare?

pdyer Wrote: Apr 03, 2013 5:53 PM
Without becoming to verbose, I am a retired physician. In my years of practice, I had hundreds of people come in and want disability certification. When I declined to certify them, most went around the corner and got someone else to do it. The government caused it by making it too easy; The lawyers could get my cat disability; Too many doctors signed disability claim forms. The French said we would kill the goose that laid golden eggs!

The government in Britain recently did something interesting.

It asked everyone receiving an "incapacity benefit" -- a disability program slowly being phased out under new reforms -- to submit to a medical test to confirm they were too disabled to work. A third of recipients (878,000 people) didn't even bother and dropped out of the program rather than be examined. Of those tested, more than half (55 percent) were found fit for work, and a quarter were found fit for some work.

But that's Britain, where there's a long tradition of gaming the dole. Americans would never think of taking advantage...