January 1, 2010
and still in effect
Health Care Services
Section 36 of the Workers’ Compensation Act S.Y. 2008 (the Act) states that the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) may provide payment for health care assistance. This includes medications appropriate to treat an injured worker’s compensable injury and any associated subsequent disorders that arise from the compensable injury.
There can be risks and negative side effects associated with any medication. In particular, opioids (narcotic pain medication) can be harmful if not used safely and monitored appropriately. This policy establishes parameters for the appropriate coverage and safe use of medications, including opioids, in the treatment of compensable injuries. It outlines the responsibilities of the injured worker, the prescribing medical practitioner, the dispensing agency and the YWCHSB.