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#1 User is offline   Kaos 

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 01:54 AM

Hi All,

Just wondering if any of you have had ACC fund Hypnotherapy sessions?

I've had funding for psychiatrists and psychologists and, with their approval have tried the hypnotherapist who works in the same practice.

I submitted my costs and they were declined. :(

I'm hoping that someone has sucessfully had funding so I can use the precident when I take them to review!

(and out of interest my hypnotherapist has heard of WINZ paying for sessions, dont know for what tho)


I've been using them for pain and depression, really aiming towards learning self-hypnosis. Ive had 10 sessions so far and making some progress. Unfortunately Im a control freak so the whole letting go isnt easy or, unfortunately, quick OR cheap!


THANKS

Ian
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:48 AM

Are they treating the injury or are they treating the symptoms.

what is the object of there treatment and will it improve the out look in reducing the liability of your claim long term.

this is social or treatment rehabilitation. If there plan is to convince you that its all in the head you would have had the funding as that is what ACC funds. this is not funded under the legislation but under the policy's.
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:55 AM

If the hypnotherapist is NOT a registered ACC provider, then you will not receive any funding for your visits there.
The only way to get around this, and it is a very remote chance, is for your GP or Specialist to write to ACC and recommend this treatment and then get it on your IRP. You will probably have to go to MEdiation to get anywhere!
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 03:16 PM

The Act does not define what a "registered provider is" although it does give examples of these. So says an internal memo from an ACC legal adviser, recorded on my husband's file. Therefore, you should follow up your need to have your chosen therapy as an effective - non-drug/non-invasive treatment - either under social rehab or treatment.

We have not sought funding for hypnotherapy, but have received other "non-ACC-policy" funding for long-term pain management. We had to get several specialist opinions, and also go to mediation and review. It was a long, drawn-out and almost unbearably stressful time, most of which was totally unnecessary and made much worse by ACC's negative and confrontational attitude, but we did win. I advise you to check "McKay-Kroon v ACC, 2002" in which "other" rehab and treatment have been supported by the judge.

Remember "health and independence to the maximum practicable extent." This should not be an ACC ie, a non-medical-qualified decision, as it all too often is - through cost-cutting and KPI incentives for ACC staff rather than the overall welfare of the claimant.

Best of luck.
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 05:28 PM

I think that the person would come under

[``health practitioner''

(a)means a person who is, or is deemed to be, registered with an authority established or continued by section 114 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of a particular health profession; but

(b)in relation to that health profession and to any purpose stated in a relevant notice under section 322A, does not include a person who, for that purpose, is declared not to be a health practitioner.]


[``registered health professional''

(a)means a chiropractor, clinical dental technician, dental technician, dentist, medical laboratory technologist, medical practitioner, medical radiation technologist, midwife, nurse, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, physiotherapist, or podiatrist; and

(b)includes any person referred to in paragraph (a) who holds an interim practising certificate but only when acting in accordance with any conditions of such interim certificate; and

©includes a member of any occupational group included in the definition of ``registered health professional'' by regulations made under section 322]

these have been changed since 2002.
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