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Can I Claim Acupuncture With ACC?

Updated: Dec 28, 2023


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Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is a therapeutic technique that involves inserting fine needles into the skin at specific points along the body’s neuropathways to stimulate energy flow and release blockages. The practice has gained popularity worldwide in recent years, with many people seeking acupuncture treatments for a wide range of different health conditions including injuries.


New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) subsidizes injury-related medical expenses for New Zealand citizens, residents, and visitors who suffer injuries caused by accidents. The eligibility criteria are specified in the Accident Compensation Act 2001, which outlines the types of injuries covered and the services that are eligible for reimbursement.


The question of whether acupuncture treatment is covered by ACC is not straightforward and depends on the circumstances of the injury and the type of acupuncture treatment being sought. In general, ACC covers alternative therapies such as acupuncture when they are deemed necessary to treat a specific injury. However, the eligibility criteria and assessment process are rigorous to ensure that only necessary and appropriate treatments are considered.


To be eligible for ACC, the acupuncture treatment must be provided by a registered acupuncturist who has a valid practicing certificate and is registered with ACC. The claimant must provide evidence, such as a medical certificate (ACC45, Date Of Injury, and Read Codes). The acupuncture treatment must also be deemed necessary to treat that particular injury caused by an accident. The injury must also be an “inflicted injury” that is covered under the Accident Compensation Act 2001.


ACC has a list of medical conditions that may be eligible for acupuncture treatments, such as chronic pain, headaches, and musculoskeletal injuries. However, the list is not exhaustive, and each injury is assessed on a case-by-case basis. ACC may also require additional information, such as the claimant’s medical history and previous treatments, to determine the necessity of the acupuncture treatment.


Claiming ACC for acupuncture treatment depends on the circumstances of the injury and the type of acupuncture treatment being sought. The treatment must be provided by a registered acupuncturist, and the claimant must provide evidence that the treatment is necessary to treat a specific injury caused by an accident. The eligibility criteria and assessment process are rigorous, and each case is assessed individually. While ACC covers alternative therapy such as acupuncture in some instances, it is not a guarantee that all acupuncture treatments will be eligible. After treatments, one may feel relaxed, energized, and rejuvenated. It's essential to communicate with your practitioner about your experience to ensure you receive the maximum benefits from these treatments. Click the button below and book a complementary 15-minute consultation at Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington. Let's discuss if acupuncture is the right thing for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post, don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post with others. If you have any questions or concerns check out Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find this help to answer most people's questions, and or please leave a comment below.


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