Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Assessments & Treatment

To reduce the impact of work-related injuries or illnesses, the WCB provides workers with coverage for injury assessments and treatments from direct access health care providers. A direct access provider is a health care provider that can assess a work-related injury or illness at no cost without pre-approval from the WCB.

These services may include, but are not limited to:
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic Services
  • Physiotherapy
Chiropractic Services - Chiropractors are considered direct access health care providers, and as such, can be selected by workers as their principal provider of care for the acute phase of a work-related injury. Chiropractic care may also be provided if referred by a physician.

Physiotherapy - Physiotherapists are also considered as direct access health care providers, and can also be selected as a worker’s principal provider of care for the acute phase of a work-related injury. Physiotherapists are also utilized by the WCB to conduct assessments such as Functional Capacity Evaluations, Fitness for Work Assessments, and Functional Scans.

Acupuncture - Acupuncture treatment may be approved if a referral is made by the treating physician in combination with other approved medical treatments. Acupuncture treatment must be provided by a health care provider licensed by a recognized licensing and regulating body to practice in PEI.

Fees for health care services are based on the established agreements between the WCB and the health care providers. Please note health care providers are not permitted to charge a worker additional fees above those that are reimbursed by the WCB, and requests for payment must be received by the WCB within six (6) months from the date of service.

The WCB may consider approval of out-of-province treatment when the required treatment is not available in Prince Edward Island, or when the worker's primary residence is in another province.

If you would like more information, please refer to the WCB policies on health care services or contact our office. Information about reporting requirements can be found in the reporting section of this website.