Fees (GST Inclusive)
Treatment sessions are all either funded privately by you, or subsidised through ACC (on lodged, approved, active injury claims). Some insurance companies may cover all or part of your treatment costs - however you will be required to pay for services and submit our provided service invoice to your insurer for re-imbursement after treatment.
ONLINE EFTPOS payments now in use for participating banks - contactless payments using your mobile phone. Please inquire.
BNZ / WESTPAC / ASB / HEARTLAND / COOPERATIVE BANK
Initial intake with treatment will take 75 minutes and cost $130.0 each
Follow-up treatments can be booked for either 60 minutes at a cost of $110.0
or 40 minutes and cost $85.0 each. Discussion will be had to determine how much time is recommended for each followup, based upon the services required. If in doubt, you should book the standard 60 minutes follow-up.
For certain conditions, frequent treatments (ususally 2-3 per week) of short duration (25-30 minutes) are appropriate which will cost $65.0 each and must be agreed in advance
There are a number of payment options at Taranaki Acupuncture. We accept cash, eftPOS, Debit Cards and many Credit Cards, as well as online eftPOS using your mobile number with participating banks (ASB, BNZ, WestPac, Cooperative Bank and Heartland.) We are also happy to eMail an invoice to you for direct online banking payments (Please inquire.)
Most people pay following each treatment session or purchase, or request an invoice be eMailed for online bank transfer; however treament sessions can also be prepaid, and payment plans may be an option in some circumstances.
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 specific referral required at all once your claim has been accepted by ACC.
Under new ACC Rules, all injuries are pre-authorised for up to 12 acupuncture treatments that are "necessary and appropriate," based upon your diagnosis and you will have to use ALL of your authorised treatment within 12 weeks from your first acupuncture session.*
If it is determined that additional treatment is necessary on your injury, an ACC32 can be filed on your behalf requesting additional treatments which may be authorised.
Can I have more than one type of treatment at once?
Yes you can, yet preferably not on the same day without justification and prior authorisation (this can be discussed with you before booking with multiple practitioners on a single day). In general, for example, you could see your osteopath on Monday and then come for acupuncture treatment on Tuesday or Wednesday and be covered under the single 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 will I pay?
You will pay a $46.0 surcharge per session ($57.50 for initial intake and treatment). 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 needling. This is NOT acupuncture, it is needling from a orthodox western medicine perspective. 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, and the "service" mistakenly advertised as acupuncture is actually DRY NEEDLING.
As a registered acupuncturist and comprehensively trained** Chinese medicine practitioner, I employ not just acupuncture as a therapy, but the entire range of the Chinese 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 on 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.
* ACC has determined that evidence existed to show that acupuncture was most effective in a higher frequency setting of 1-2 treatment per week and has acted to limit their acupuncture purchase based on this decision effective 15 December 2021. Your initial acupuncture session must still occur within 12 months of the lodged accident / injury date; only at the first acupuncture treatment does the 12 week treatment window come into effect.
** Masters Level Training, before post graduate studies, involves in excess of 3,500 hours study and practical training