Authorised Treatment Through ACC
Acupuncture is an accepted treatment procedure by ACC for injuries.
How does it work?
You will need to visit your GP, osteopath, physio, chiropractor or A&E first to lodge your injury claim with ACC and then you can see your acupuncturist. Just bring me your ACC45 number. There is no referral required at all. Your injury is pre-authorised for a specific number of acupuncture treatments, based upon your diagnostic READ code. If we determine that additional treatment is necessary on your injury, we are able to complete an ACC32 application on your behalf requesting additional covered treatments.
Can I have more than one type of treatment at once?
Yes you can, yet not on the same day. For example you could see your osteopath on Monday and then come for acupuncture treatment on Thursday and be covered under the same claim. Because your providers are billing under separate coverage codes, they are mutually exclusive – in other words your acupuncture visits will not count against your right to see a physio, osteopath, specialty clinic, or even surgeon.
How Much is it?
You will pay a $45.00 surcharge per session. The balance will be invoiced directly to ACC.
My physiotherapist offers acupuncture too, why don’t I just have it with them?
Physiotherapists, doctors, osteopaths and even chiropractors sometimes choose to do some limited training in acupuncture. This training is primarily geared towards very basic point location and function, and often in a western acupuncture theme – related to needling specific muscles or nerve distributions. This training is often very brief and limited.
As a registered acupuncturist and comprehensively trained* oriental medicine practitioner, we employ not just acupuncture as a therapy, but the entirety of the oriental medicine system, based on a rich and detailed medical tradition dating back thousands of years and including in depth relationships between the organs, emotions, channel systems and elemental relationships. Furthermore, I provide treatment focused not just on the symptom, but primarily the root cause of your complaint so that effective and lasting results will follow. The service we provide is not a hobby craft, I have dedicated much of my life to the study and practise of oriental medicine for your holistic benefit.
* Masters Level Training, before post graduate studies, involves in excess of 3,500 hours study and practical training.