Disability Benefits

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Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members with a medical condition or disability, related to service, can apply for disability benefits. An application can include more than one medical condition. When applications are received, the medical conditions are individually reviewed. The terms used to explain the outcome of an application for each medical condition are favourable (when the medical condition is approved) and unfavourable (when medical condition is not approved). Decisions are based on evidence presented and legislated eligibility requirements.

If there is at least one medical condition in an application that is favourable, the entire application is considered a favourable outcome.

The table below provides the number of favourable and unfavourable decisions of first applications, by application as well as medical condition.

First Applications Actuals as of March 31, 2016
2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
APPLICATIONS
Total Applications - Decisions Rendered1 19,703 18,247 16,908 14,398 20,453
Favourable (Approved) Decisions 13,556 12,709 11,891 11,450 17,174
Unfavourable (Denied) Decisions 5,147 5,538 5,017 2,948 3,279
Favourable Rate (Dockets) % 72% 70% 70% 80% 84%
MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Total Conditions - Decisions Rendered 30,017 29,684 27,731 22,707 30,263
Favourable (Approved) Conditions 18,137 17,113 16,050 15,183 20,359
Unfavourable (Denied) Conditions 11,880 12,571 11,681 7,524 9,904
Favourable Rate (Dockets) % 60% 28% 28% 67% 67%

1 An application can contain one or more than one condition.
Source: Favourable Rate for First Applications, Departmental Reviews and Medical Reassessments, Statistics Directorate

The ten most common medical conditions in 2015-2016 are listed in the table below. The number and percentage of favourable and unfavourable decisions for these medical conditions are included.

Medical Conditions Favourable Decisions Unfavourable Decisions
# of Favourable Decisions % of Favourable Decisions # of Unfavourable Decisions % of Unfavourable Decisions Total Decisions
Tinnitus 3,848 74% 1,376 26% 5,224
Hearing Loss 2,884 55% 2,366 45% 5,247
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 1,933 94% 120 6% 2,053
Lumbar Disc Disease 778 81% 183 19% 961
Osteoarthritis Knee 771 79% 206 21% 977
Depressive Disorders 473 70% 199 30% 672
Osteoarthritis Lumbar Spine 441 80% 109 20% 550
Cervical Disc Disease 345 71% 140 29% 485
Osteoarthritis Hip 328 71% 131 29% 459
Chronic Mechanical Low Back Pain 301 74% 105 26% 406

Source: First Application Medical Cube 05.70.06.18

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