Workers Compensation Act 1987 No 70
60 Compensation for cost of medical or hospital treatment and rehabilitation etc
(1) If, as a result of an injury received by a worker, it is reasonably necessary that—(a) any medical or related treatment (other than domestic assistance) be given, or(b) any hospital treatment be given, or(c) any ambulance service be provided, orthe worker’s employer is liable to pay, in addition to any other compensation under this Act, the cost of that treatment or service and the related travel expenses specified in subsection (2).(d) any workplace rehabilitation service be provided,Note.Compensation for domestic assistance is provided for by section 60AA.(2) If it is necessary for a worker to travel in order to receive any such treatment or service (except any treatment or service excluded from this subsection by the regulations), the related travel expenses the employer is liable to pay are—(a) the cost to the worker of any fares, travelling expenses and maintenance necessarily and reasonably incurred by the worker in obtaining the treatment or being provided with the service, and(b) if the worker is not reasonably able to travel unescorted—the amount of the fares, travelling expenses and maintenance necessarily and reasonably incurred by an escort provided to enable the worker to be given the treatment or provided with the service.(2A) The worker’s employer is not liable under this section to pay the cost of any treatment or service (or related travel expenses) if—(a) the treatment or service is given or provided without the prior approval of the insurer (not including treatment provided within 48 hours of the injury happening and not including treatment or service that is exempt under the Workers Compensation Guidelines from the requirement for prior insurer approval), or(b) the treatment or service is given or provided by a person who is not appropriately qualified to give or provide the treatment or service, or(c) the treatment or service is not given or provided in accordance with any conditions imposed by the Workers Compensation Guidelines on the giving or providing of the treatment or service, or(d) the treatment is given or provided by a health practitioner whose registration as a health practitioner under any relevant law is limited or subject to any condition imposed as a result of a disciplinary process, or who is suspended or disqualified from practice.(2B) The worker’s employer is not liable under this section to pay travel expenses related to any treatment or service if the treatment or service is given or provided at a location that necessitates more travel than is reasonably necessary to obtain the treatment or service.(2C) The Workers Compensation Guidelines may make provision for or with respect to the following—(a) establishing rules to be applied in determining whether it is reasonably necessary for a treatment or service to be given or provided,(b) limiting the kinds of treatment and service (and related travel expenses) that an employer is liable to pay the cost of under this section,(c) limiting the amount for which an employer is liable to pay under this section for any particular treatment or service,(d) establishing standard treatment plans for the treatment of particular injuries or classes of injury,(e) specifying the qualifications or experience that a person requires to be appropriately qualified for the purposes of this section to give or provide a treatment or service to an injured worker (including by providing that a person is not appropriately qualified unless approved or accredited by the Authority).(3) Payments under this section are to be made as the costs are incurred, but only if properly verified.(4) The fact that a worker is a contributor to a medical, hospital or other benefit fund, and is therefore entitled to any treatment or service either at some special rate or free or entitled to a refund, does not affect the liability of an employer under this section.(5) The jurisdiction of the Commission with respect to a dispute about compensation payable under this section extends to a dispute concerning any proposed treatment or service and the compensation that will be payable under this section in respect of any such proposed treatment or service. Any such dispute may be referred by the Registrar for assessment by an approved medical specialist under Part 7 (Medical assessment) of Chapter 7 of the 1998 Act.