If the employer offers a group health plan or group health insurance for medical conditions that are unrelated to work (4616), the employee may predesignate a physician. If the employer does not offer this benefit, the employee does not have a right to predesignate.
In order to predesignate, the employee must inform the employer in writing - before being injured - the name and address of their personal physician. If the employee predesignates, they will be allowed to see their personal physician right after they are injured. 4600(d)They may switch doctors later, if necessary.
If the employee does not predesignate, the employer usually will have the right to choose the doctor who treats for at least the first 30 days after the employer learns about the injury or illness.
If the employee goes to a doctor other than one that is authorized, they may have to pay for their own medical bills.