Immediate Changes to Player Injury Scheme
[ Tue, 30th Mar 2010 ]
The GAA has withdrawn physiotherapy from cover under it's Player Injury Scheme. This has an immediate serious financial consequence for our Club . Last year the Club incurred Adult Team physiotherapy related costs , net of players Supplementary Injury contributions, of approximatley €50,000. Costs related to specific player injuries were in the main paid directly by the Club to physiotherapists who had an account with the Club. The Club was reimbursed from the GAA, Ladies Football and Camogie Association player injury schemes subject to the defined excess/limits under the respective schemes. Our expenditure included significant costs related to attendances by physiotherapists at training/matches which was not recoverable under any scheme.
Having had the benefit of significant input from all of the playing sections committees , Player Injury Representatives and various teams ,the Adult Games Executive has concluded that the following changes represent a reasonable balance between continued support of player welfare and the financial impact for the Club :
- Player welfare is a high priority for the Club and it will , in so far as practical , continue to support players in this area.
- Implementation of interim proposal in the period 1 April - 31 July 2010
- In the interim period , longterm proposal will be developed including reviewing various physio clinic proposals, onsite presence, triage etc.
- Key elements in interim period commencing 1 April
- Club accounts with all physios and medical practices/hospitals to cease i.e all players across all codes and grades pay and get reimbursed as appropriate. All physio attendances to be cleared with team manager.
- Ladies Football and Camogie Association schemes have not been changed. Club application of these schemes to remain as is subject to (1) no club account in place with physiotherapists i.e reimbursement procedure will apply (2) recoverable excess not covered by the Ladies Football or Camogie Board schemes reimbursed by Club to a limit of 75%.
- Juvenile Scheme to continue as is but on a reimbursement basis.
- Adult Hurling and Football - Club will make a contribution for each physio visit of lower of (1)€20 or (2) 75% of physio expense, subject to a minimum player contribution of €10 per visit. 75% limit on reimbursement of non physio medical expenses excess not covered by GAA scheme will apply.
- Reimbursement claimed via the various sections player injury officers
- Players who have not paid membership/supplementary insurance are not covered and this condition will be applied rigidly
The above is an overview. The Games sections Player Injury Representatives will issue a more detailed note including details on procedure and time limits for claims and a reminder on the rules applicable to the players supplementary injury scheme.
Adult Games Executive
30 March 2010