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ASK AFSCME's Attorney: MEDICAL CARE UNDER THE IOWA WORKERS' COMPENSATION ACT

Mark Hedberg

ASK OUR ATTORNEY MARK HEDBERG: MEDICAL CARE UNDER THE IOWA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT

Under Iowa law the employer is obliged to furnish reasonable services and supplies to treat an injured employee, and has the right to choose the care. The treatment must be offered promptly and be reasonably suited to treat the injury without undue inconvenience to the employee. If the employee has reason to be dissatisfied with the care offered, the employee should communicate the basis of such dissatisfaction to the employer, in writing if requested, following which the employer and the employee may agree to alternate care reasonably suited to treat the injury. If the employer and employee cannot agree on such alternate care, the commissioner may, upon application and reasonable proof of the necessity therefor, allow and order other care.

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