Independent Medical Examinations (IME)

The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) requests an Independent Medical Examination (IME) when they need an objective, third-party, expert medical opinion.

 

Independent Medical Examinations

IMEs ensure claim decisions are made using the best medical information available.

Physicians trained to perform IMEs are selected based on their expertise in a specific injury or illness. 

If you’re a claimant who has been referred for an IME:

  1. WCB informs you about your IME referral and gives you the information you need to select a physician from the IME Physician Roster with the appropriate specialty.
  2. You will have up to three days to notify WCB of your choice. The selection of the physician will depend on their availability as it is desirable to schedule the appointment within two weeks. 
  3. The physician will review the history of your injury or illness and examine you. The IME physician does not provide treatment. 
  4. A copy of the IME Physician’s report will be sent to your family doctor and WCB.

An IME is typically a one-time assessment.  The physician will be provided with any relevant reports from your treating physicians, including your family doctor.

Physician Roster