In New Zealand, acupuncture has been covered by the ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) since the 1990s when Members of Acupuncture NZ (then known as The New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists Inc) became the sole treatment providers for this treatment modality. There are now over 800 Members of Acupuncture NZ throughout New Zealand providing acupuncture treatment for people who have had injuries.
Most common injuries are covered by ACC and acupuncture, such as for example back sprain, tennis elbow and calf sprain.
If your injury is more than one year old, you will NOT be covered under ACC at The Acupuncture Clinic with Heiko Lade.
If your injury has occurred at selected employers and has been lodged with independently with work place insurers such as WellNZ, Work AON and Gallagher Bassett NZ; your treatment will NOT be covered at The Acupuncture Clinic.
ACC will cover you for 12 acupuncture sessions which must be completed within 12 weeks of starting the first acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncturists can not initiate the ACC number for the injury and patients will need to go to their GP for the assessment, diagnosis and lodgment of the ACC number.
Please note that the acupuncture provided under ACC can only be used for treatment related to the injury and the rehabilitation for that specific injury. This means that you can’t have acupuncture for any other personal health issues when being treated with acupuncture under the ACC system for a specific injury. To clarify in an example, if you come in for treatment for an elbow sprain and also suffer from migraines, only the elbow can be treated under ACC.
Please contact me via the contact form if you have any specific questions relating to your treatment with ACC.