To the Editor: In their recent study, O’Donnell and associates1 examined the effect of compensation, and the clinically vexing problem of interaction with insurance companies, on recovery after hospitalisation for trauma in Victoria. They concluded that access to compensation might not be associated with a poor outcome per se. We agree that the relationship between compensation and health outcomes is complex, but believe there are a number of conceptual and methodological issues that undermine their findings.
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