All members of Acupuncture NZ are recognised by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) as Treatment Providers. Members are obliged to adhere to the Acupuncture NZ ACC Requirements.
Once a claim has been accepted by ACC you may choose to visit a recognised acupuncturist for your treatment. It is not necessary to be referred to an acupuncturist by your GP, physiotherapist or other health provider. Your practitioner may also prescribe Chinese Herbs, but ACC will not cover their cost. Most practitioners will charge a co-payment for ACC treatment.
Acupuncture is very effective in treating acute injuries – in general, the sooner the injury is treated, the better the result. Studies show that acupuncture is effective in reducing inflammation and swelling so early treatment of an injury may considerably lessen the time needed for recovery. People who receive acupuncture for an acute injury frequently report that they feel considerably calmer after treatment, as well as reporting a reduction in pain.
If the injured area is inaccessible due to a plaster cast or dressing, acupuncture points can be chosen above and below the site to treat the injury. Because acupuncture points occur on both sides of the body, the uninjured side may be needled to effect 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 Acupuncture NZ 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, Air New Zealand, Kiwi Rail, and Veteran’s Affairs.