As of March 3, 2008, WSIB requires purchases of approved health care equipment and supplies on behalf of workers to be made from one of the three preferred suppliers: Medical Mart, Motion Specialties and Shoppers HomeHealthCare. This encompasses the items used for treatment, functional aid during the worker’s recovery, or to maintain their independent living.
The health care equipment and supplies items included in this initiative are bandages, catheters, canes, crutches, back rests and supports, off-the-shelf orthotics, walkers, and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) units. Prescription medication and custom made orthotics are not part of this initiative requiring local expertise to meet these needs for injured workers.
A more detailed list of items is available on the Health Care Practitioners Page at http://www.wsib.on.ca/wsib/wsibsite.nsf/Public/HealthCareEquipSup.