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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.
Percentage of favourable rates for various medical conditions
The terms used to explain the outcome of an application are:
- Favourable - if the medical condition is approved
- Unfavourable - if the medical condition is not approved
Most common medical conditions in 2015-16
The numbers and percentages of favourable decisions for various medical conditions are represented below. Decisions are based on evidence presented and legislated eligibility requirements.
|MEDICAL CONDITION||NUMBER OF FAVOURABLE DECISIONS MADE||PERCENTAGE OF FAVOURABLE DECISIONS BASED ON TOTAL CLAIMS MADE|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||933||94%|
|Lumbar Disc Disease||778||80%|
|Osteoarthritis Lumbar Spine||441||80%|
|Cervical Disc Disease||345||71%|
|Chronic Mechanical Low Back Pain||301||74%|
Applicants who are dissatisfied with a decision from Veterans Affairs Canada have a number of recourse options. They can request an internal departmental review and/or can apply to the Veterans Review and Appeal Board, an independent administrative tribunal that offers two levels of redress: Review and Appeal.
Source: VAC Facts and Figures Book, March 2016 edition
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