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WorkSafeBC doesn't currently have a formal agreement with acupuncturists to treat injured workers. According to RSCM policy #78.14, WorkSafeBC does not generally accept responsibility for the cost of Acupuncture. Any exception must be previously authorized, and when authorized, treatment is for a short period of time and only in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment plan that includes activation and other pain management strategies.
Acupuncture is offered by a variety of practitioners and recognized health care providers including Acupuncturists, General Practitioners, Physiotherapists and Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM). Acupuncturists and DTCM's are regulated under the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia. Physicians and Physiotherapists, certified by the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute, may also offer acupuncture as a treatment "modality".
Upon approval, injured workers can receive up to five acupuncture treatments over two weeks.
Generally, injured workers should receive treatment from only one medical or rehabilitation service provider at a time. This means that workers who are receiving acupuncture should not be receiving other treatments at the same time. For more information, see Section 72.00 in Chapter 10 (PDF 180kb) of the Rehabilitation Services and Claims Manual.
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