Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) must adhere to established laws and regulations.
QUESTION: My employer is making me go to a company doctor. Do I have the right to choose the doctor who will treat my new injury?
ANSWER: You are entitled to see any medical physician certified by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC).
The law in Ohio says that the selection of a doctor is the patient's choice. You can see any BWC Certified doctor. You are not required to see the doctor your employer (authorizes i.e. "company doctor") makes you go to.
Note: There is one exception to this rule. If you work for an employer who is self-insured under the QHP program, you are required to see their doctor for your initial visit only. After that, you may select any BWC certified doctor.
There are limits, however, on what types of treatment you can receive. Your workers' compensation claim is like having medical and disability insurance only for the conditions allowed in your BWC claim. If your physician diagnoses a condition or problem that is not included in your claim allowance, this a major issue that must be addressed by filing a motion. Further, your workers' compensation claim will be medically managed by an MCO, who may seek to contain costs in your claim by limiting treatment. A doctor who is familiar with workers' compensation will understand these issues and can assist you in getting your treatment authorized .
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