Under Missouri law, your employer has the right to choose your physician.  If you go to a doctor of your own choice, the employer will not have to pay for that doctor.  But beware if you decide to go to a doctor of your own choice!  You may think that your health insurance company will pay for that doctor, but many times the health insurance carrier will refuse to pay for your chosen doctor because they will claim that the workers' compensation carrier should be paying the bill.  And the workers compensation carrier will refuse to pay the bill because you did not go to their chosen doctor. You could get stuck having to pay your chosen doctor out of your own pocket, with no help from either the workers compensation insurer or your health insurer.

Jill S. Bollwerk
Helping St. Louis area residents with personal injury, workers' compensation & insurance appeals/disputes.