People often seek acupuncture for acute injuries. In general, the sooner the injury is treated, the better the result. Some severe injuries will require specialist treatment before acupuncture, however acupuncture could also help the shock and emotional effects of accidents so early treatment is beneficial.
If you have had a claim accepted by ACC you can then choose to go to an acc registered acupuncturist for treatment. It is important to note that ACC will only cover the treatment of the specific injury.
All members of NZRA are recognised by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) as Treatment Providers. Once a claim has been accepted by ACC you may choose to visit a recognised acupuncturist for your treatment. Your practitioner may also prescribe Chinese Herbs, but ACC will not cover their cost. Most practitioners will charge a co-payment for ACC treatment.
Work and Income New Zealand(WINZ)
With a referral from a GP, those who are registered with Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ) may be eligible for some assistance with payment for treatment.
The following Insurance companies and organisations recognise members of NZRA and will reimburse some of the cost of treatment.
Southern Cross Medical Care Society
Acupuncture is covered under the “The Wellbeing Plan” which allows for up to $400-00 per year for acupuncture treatment.
Health Service Welfare Society (HSWS)
PSIS Health Care
Only for those who had policies beginning prior to 2004.
EBS Health Care (Education Benevolent Society)
This Insurance covers those in the Education
Sector who are a member of their Union.
The following organisations also cover all or some of the cost of Acupuncture treatment for their employees:
NZ Police, NZ Post, Air New New Zealand, Kiwi Rail, and Veteran’s Affairs.