I’ve just been in a car accident, and I need to see a chiropractor!
After a car accident (MVA), many people experience physical symptoms such as Headaches, Neck Pain, Back pain, and Extremity pain. They may also experience concussion symptoms, or difficulties in doing their every day activities.
If you were involved in a car accident, and you have reported the incident to ICBC, you qualify for chiropractic care to help you in your recovery.
As of April 1, 2019, individuals who have been in a car accident no longer need pre-approval from ICBC for health care treatments, as long as they have a valid ICBC claim number and the MVA happened less than 12 weeks ago.
This means that you can get help from Day 1 up to 12 weeks after the accident for up to 25 visits. After 12 weeks or 25 visits (whichever comes first), we will work with ICBC to ensure that you continue to get access to the care you need until you have reached maximal recovery.
- All Licenced Drivers who are insured by ICBC
- Those who have an active ICBC claim number and were in an accident less than 12 weeks ago
How much does it cost?
- There is no co-payment fee (user fee not covered by ICBC) for the Initial Visit
- Subsquent visits have a co-payment of either $7 (regular visit) or $27 (extended visit) (up to 25 visits)
- Co-payments may be submitted by the individual to their extended health benefits for consideration of coverage
Before consenting to allow direct billing to ICBC for care, consider the following
- Individuals who are considering working with a personal injury lawyer (some other patient recommendations are HERE) in the management of their recovery are strongly advised to consult with their lawyer before choosing whether or not they will participate in this ICBC program. In some cases, it may be appropriate to follow an alternate path, based on a lawyer’s recommendations.
- It is NOT a requirement of care to participate in the ICBC program. Some individuals choose to pay for their treatment out of pocket, then later submit the receipts to ICBC and their extended health benefits program for direct reimbursement.
Please note (based on the ICBC fine print)
- Patients will not be able to recover the co-payment fees from ICBC for claims with a date of loss on or after April 1, 2019. This will mean that you are responsible for paying the user fee portion, which you may submit to your private health insurer for consideration of coverage. This does not guarantee that your extended health benefits will agree to cover this portion.
- Treatments are based on sessions provided and fees reflect fair market rate for a standard industry visit.
- In the case of a no-show or late cancellation, our office policies apply. ICBC will not pay for these fees.