Medical Panels provide an impartial, independent process to resolve differences of medical opinion or other medical questions related to an Injured Worker’s compensation claim.
A Medical Panel is convened at the request of the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) or the Appeals Commission. The panel process may also be initiated by an Injured Worker through the Appeals Commission.
Assembling the Panel
- Once a request for a Medical Panel has been received, the Medical Panels Commissioner (MPC) creates a list of eligible medical practitioners based on the following criteria:
- Expertise with the Injured Worker’s medical concerns,
- Confirmed registration with the College of Physician and Surgeons of Alberta,
- Availability, and
- Willingness to participate on a medical panel.
The Panel will be made up of 3 (three) physicians. The Injured Worker, the employer, and the WCB will each have the opportunity to select a physician from the MPC’s list of eligible practitioners. If any party does not make a selection, the MPC will make a selection on that party’s behalf.
The Medical Panel reviews the medical information in the Injured Worker’s file and may:
- Interview and medically examine the Injured Worker,
- Receive input from the treating physician, and/or
- Request additional investigation or consultation as needed.
Once the review is complete, a written report outlining the Panel’s decision is sent to the MPC who will review the report to ensure the questions have been answered. The Commissioner will then send the report to the Injured Worker, the Employer, and the WCB or Appeals Commission. The Medical Panel’s decision is binding for all of the parties involved in the claim.
The Medical Panels Regulation 21/2018
For more information, please see the Medical Panels Fact Sheet.