Assignment of benefits

Definition

The procedure by which a patient may have the reimbursement sent to a provider if the provider is one of the types to whom we do not offer contracts, such as opticians, hearing aid dispensers, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.

If we offer a contract to a particular provider type and a specific provider within that type chooses not to contract , the reimbursement cannot be sent to the provider even if the patient wants it to be. See "Non-contracting provider".