February 6th, 2020
VICTORIA - PABC CEO Christine Bradstock was invited to speak alongside B.C. Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby while the B.C. Government announced an upcoming transformation of ICBC to provide all British Columbians access to substantially enhanced care and recovery benefits if injured in a vehicle crash.
- An increase in overall medical and rehabilitation benefits if injured in a crash to at least $7.5 million, up from today’s limit of $300,000;
- Benefit enhancements, such as an income replacement benefit 60% higher than today, where British Columbians will be eligible for up to $1,200 per week;
- New benefits for the catastrophically injured, such as permanent impairment compensation up to $250,000 and personal care assistance up to $10,000 per month;
- Lower insurance rates, with drivers saving about 20 per cent—or $400 on average – from what they paid the year prior; and
- More stable premiums that support the long-term affordability of public auto insurance.
Under the announced Enhanced Care coverage, British Columbians involved in a vehicle crash will have access to substantially increased coverage, regardless of who was at fault for the crash.
“Physiotherapists often see patients who require longer treatment times in order to fully recover or get back to full function. With these changes, patients will have the peace of mind knowing that their care and treatment benefits will be there when they need them and for as long as they need to get better and return to their daily lives.” said Christine Bradstock, CEO, PABC.
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