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50.4 Medical Certification requirements for incapacity

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For incapacity to be payable there must be at a minimum medical evidence substantiating a closed period of incapacity linked to a compensable condition. Though commonly referred to as medical certification this substantiation may also take the form of a more detailed report provided by a treating or independent practitioner. For incapacity purposes, the minimum standard of medical certification acceptable as a basis to pay or continue to pay incapacity benefits should be a MRCC, Comcare or Workcover certificate (note that a more detailed medical report specifically addressing incapacity issues is acceptable in place of a medical certificate). DVA will meet the reasonable additional medical costs associated with obtaining Workcover or Comcare medical certificates.

The following is provided to guide incapacity delegates on the appropriate level of medical certification at key stages in the life of an incapacity claim.