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ICBC's Chiropractic Treatment Program - Will it Help or Hurt You?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

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12/7/2013
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Are you getting chiropractic treatment to help deal with injuries you suffered in your car accident?

How much are you paying your chiropractor?

Nothing?

If so, your chiropractor is probably participating in ICBC's " chiropractic treatment program".

What does that mean?

Well, a few years ago the British Columbia Chiropractic Association and ICBC struck a cozy little deal.

They called it the "chiropractic treatment program".

Here's how it works.

ICBC pays a lump sum of $900 to your chiropractor for treatment.

That's it.

That's the amount of money your chiropractor is paid to help you reach "full recovery".

So what happens after you been for a number of treatments and you're still suffering from pain and disability?

What financial incentive is there for your chiropractor to treatment?

Can your chiropractor bill ICBC for further treatment once you've "graduated" from this program?

Then there's the issue of confidentiality.

ICBC has the ability to get records directly from your chiropractor as a term of your participation in this program.

It's a "term" of your participation in the program that you agree to permitting your chiropractor to release your medical records.

These records can include " but are not limited to all notes, reports, records, information and documents produced or obtain by" your chiropractor in the course of your treatment.

So, it seems that your chiropractor could release records relating to when you tweeked your back 10 years prior to your car accident.

Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

But for who?

Should you agree to participate in ICBC Chiropractic Treatment Program?

There's a price and a cost to doing so.

Which do you want to pay?

Interested in talking about how you might be impacted by agreeing to participate in this program?

Call me at 604-255-9018 or drop me a line at [email protected]

Jeff Witten

 



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