New Zealand Doctor Fax Poll June 2011 issue 12
In the past 12 months, have you seen an increase in the number of patients who have had an injury ACC has declined to cover because ACC believes the injury is in fact a pre-existing degenerative condition?
During the past month, have you noticed any change in regards to the number of patients whose injury claims have been declined by ACC?
Have you or any of your patients challenged ACC decisions relating to pre-existing degenerative conditions through dispute resolution services?
What do you tell patients who have had their injury claim declined by ACC on the grounds that it is a pre-existing degenerative condition?
Would you support ACC introducing the use of more specific clinical terms to describe a patient’s condition, rather than describing a condition as ‘degeneration’ when declining a claim?