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Policy HC-01 - Complementary Treatments

Effective Dates

July 1, 2008 to January 1, 2010


Health Care Services

General Information

Section 14 of the Workers' Compensaton Act S.Y. 2008 (the "Act") states that injured workers have a duty to mitigate their injuries by seeking out and co-operating in health care assistance or treatment that promotes their recovery or early and safe return to work. At the same time, the Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) encourages a process in which workers have choices over treatment. Differences in cultural belief practices will be respected. The YWCHSB enables a wholistic approach to the recovery of injured workers.


This policy provides principles and guidelines to decision-makers, injured workers, employers and health care providers on the use of complementary treatments. This policy is to be used in conjuction with YWCHSB Policy, "Return to Work - Overview".

The YWCHSB recognizes that the basic goal of health care assistance is to restore the injured worker to all possible functional activities, for the purpose of treturning to work as soon as possible. The YWCHSB may provide access to such treatment as is necessary to overcome the effects of work-related injuries as much as possible.