It has been suggested by some that there is much wasteful spending, and even fraud, in the administration of disability claims. The federal government can certainly reduce the disability rolls and the cost of the disability program by conducting more frequent and tough-minded evaluations of recipients’ disability status. Unfortunately, there will be some collateral damage. These re-evaluations will impose real hardship on some disabled workers whose cases are reviewed.
Although it makes sense to conduct the evaluations, it makes better sense to focus on workers with medical conditions that are most likely to improve. More funds could be saved by concentrating resources in parts of the country where statistics suggest that error rates are highest.