Understanding our coverage
WorkSafeNB is responsible for claim-related payments relating to
the health care costs of treatment required by New Brunswick's
Coverage for referrals, investigations, treatments and
In general, WorkSafeNB covers any referrals, investigations,
treatments and procedures related to the treatment of the accepted
work-related injury or illness. However, WorkSafeNB may not cover a
specific treatment, or treatment by a specific provider or provider
For example: a physiotherapy clinic may not be on its list of
authorized clinics (for an up-to-date listing, contact the
physician information line at 1 877 647-0777).
To ensure that the cost of your patient's referral, investigation,
treatment or procedure is covered, you may want to contact
WorkSafeNB and inquire about Schedules of Care, which are a listing
of generally approved, generally not approved and not approved
In general, WorkSafeNB covers any drugs related to the treatment of
the accepted work-related injury or illness. WorkSafeNB does,
however, place a limit on the extent to which it will cover certain
classes of drugs.
Where a generic substitute is available, WorkSafeNB would prefer
that it be used in place of a more expensive brand name. Your
co-operation in reducing medical aid costs is appreciated.
Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs
WorkSafeNB covers OTC drugs related to the treatment of the
accepted work-related injury or illness. For example, if your
patient will benefit from plain acetaminophen or ASA, WorkSafeNB
would prefer that you prescribe these rather than resort to
combination medications with codeine.
Anxiolytics and sedatives
With the general exception of anxiolytics for seizures and
spasticity due to spinal cord injuries, WorkSafeNB does not cover
these therapeutic classes of drugs.
WorkSafeNB covers antidepressants for the treatment of chronic pain
related to the accepted work-related injury or illness.
Coverage for alternative or complementary
Please contact WorkSafeNB regarding generally approved treatments
of alternative or complementary treatments.