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|
|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%|
|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|
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder||1,933||94%||120||6%||2,053|
|Lumbar Disc Disease||778||81%||183||19%||961|
|Osteoarthritis Lumbar Spine||441||80%||109||20%||550|
|Cervical Disc Disease||345||71%||140||29%||485|
|Chronic Mechanical Low Back Pain||301||74%||105||26%||406|
Source: First Application Medical Cube 05.70.06.18
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