A September 2016 study by the Texas Department of Insurance’s Research and Evaluation Group (REG) found that injured workers in Texas have better access to physicians who can treat them more quickly than they did 15 years ago. REG says that 84 percent of injured workers received initial care in seven days or less in 2015, compared to 76 percent in 2000. Delivering care faster is a stated priority for the Texas workers’ comp system. The same study found that injured workers who aren’t treated within seven days have an average of about 40 percent more in medical costs over the first six months of an injury. In 2015, about half of Texas injured workers saw a physician in one day or less. The average wait was 4.5 days.
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