Section 17 of the MVAC Act states:
“The Administrator may authorize payment out of the General Revenue Fund for the expenses in relation to the treatment and services and, when necessary, for the costs of appliances and treatments used in the complete or partial restoration of the person’s muscular activity or co-ordination or to give the person complete or limited mobility, and so to rehabilitate the person.”
Once an applicant has been approved to receive Section 17, Medical Claims will use the above definition to guide the decision making process for funding requests. Medical Claims will review all funding requests for prior approval and may require additional supporting documentation from a health care professional for medically approved products and equipment. Ultimately, Medical Claims will determine whether the funding request will fall under its funding guidelines.
The majority of Section 17 funding is used for large equipment purchases such as wheelchairs, porch lifts, stair lifts and other daily need items such as catheters and prescriptions related to the motor vehicle accident. Other examples of funding expenditures include but are not limited to minor home modifications and transport Canada approved van conversions.