List of medical treatment where you don’t need insurer approval widens.

UnknownThe new Claims guide is out

Though somethings stay the same, the list of medical support an injured worker can access without the insurer’s say so has expanded.

most of this occurs in the first three months of an injury but there is a greater emphasis on ensuring  quick and timely access to required medical support that was surely lacking previously,

You can find the new guide here: Guidelines-for-claiming-workers-compensation-8084  you will find the new medical support starting at page 31 but here is a quick taste.

Within your first three months after you have been injured your doctor can refer you to:

Medical specialists

If referred by the nominated treating doctor, any consultation and treatment during consultations for the injury (apart from telehealth), within three months of the date of injury.

Diagnostic investigations

If referred by the nominated treating doctor for the injury:

  • any plain x-rays, within two weeks of the date of injury
  • ultrasounds, CT scans or MRIs within three months of the date of injury, where the worker has been referred to a medical specialist for further injury management.

SIRA-approved physical treatment practitioners (physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor, accredited exercise physiologist):

Up to eight consultations if the injury was not previously treated and treatment starts within three months of the date of injury.

Up to three consultations if the injury was not previously treated and treatment starts over three months after the date of injury.

SIRA-approved psychologist or counsellor

Up to eight consultations if a psychologist or counsellor has not previously treated the injury and treatment starts within three months of the date of injury.

Up to three consultations if a psychologist or counsellor has not previously treated the injury and treatment starts over three months after the date of injury.

There is more but we lack the space so please read the new guide.
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