Disability has become one of the biggest scams perpetrated on the American taxpayer,
For a short time I did disability evals as a cog in the SSDI system. A very short time.
But I have had “patients” come to me requesting such evals in one setting or another for 25 years. I tell them, uniformly, that I won’t participate in their efforts to be declared “disabled,” but that - as a doctor - I would be happy to do what a doctor does, which is to diagnose and treat whatever problem they think is keeping them from working.
About half, I find, want to work with me to get well, and they usually do get well, and about half go on to find some other avenue towards disability. I cooperate with requests for medical records from lawyers and agencies, of course, and have certainly seen many more than are warranted, especially lately.
From my vantage point, I would say that the disability racket provided the end run for many people when Clinton was pressured into “the end of welfare as we know it,” and that the numbers have definitely picked up as this Obama-maintained recession destroys our economy.