Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Health Care Benefits

If you experience a workplace injury or illness, the WCB will provide health care benefits that are required to help you recover and return to work.

Health care benefits may include but are not limited to:
  • Medications
  • Medical and dental treatment
  • Chiropractic services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Medical supplies and assistive devices
  • Transportation costs related to your injury
Approval for health care benefits is determined by WCB Policy. It is important that you discuss all treatment, supplies and services with your entitlement officer or case coordinator to ensure it is approved.


You may receive initial medical treatment following your injury at a hospital emergency department or, you may choose to be assessed by a recognized physician or chiropractor.

Subsequent treatments should be provided by your family physician, or a physician or chiropractor who is familiar with your health. Please note that you may not transfer from the physician\chiropractor treating your workplace injury without permission from the WCB.

Treatments, such as physiotherapy, chiropractic services and acupuncture may be approved if prescribed by your treating physician or chiropractor, and the WCB has received the Physician’s Report – Form 8.

If you are required to pay for a medical treatment or transportation costs for treatment related to your workplace injury, you can request reimbursement. Please refer to the expenses section of this website for more detail.


The WCB is pleased to offer the convenience of a Direct Pay Prescription Drug Program.

The program, which is available at pharmacies in Atlantic Canada, allows pharmacies to bill the WCB directly for approved prescriptions for workplace injuries and illnesses.

To take advantage of the Direct Pay service, provide your name, WCB claim number, and date of birth to the pharmacy each time you fill a prescription. If the prescribed drug is approved for your work-related injury, it will be dispensed at no cost to you.

More information about the program is available in the Prescription Drug Program - Direct Pay brochure.

If you are required to pay for a medication or medical supply related to your workplace injury, you can request reimbursement. Please see the expenses section of this website for more detail.

All prescriptions must be pre-approved by the WCB and only medications that relate to your workplace injury or illness will be covered. Medications that you were taking prior to your claim will not be covered.
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If you have questions about health care benefits, please contact your entitlement officer or case coordinator.

More information is also available in the WCB's Information for Workers booklet and our policies on health care benefits.

If you can't find what you are looking for, or would like a copy of a form or publication, contact us.