The New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) should “support you if you’ve been injured by helping you get back to work and everyday life”. In theory the ACC is a great thing for New Zealanders. Unfortunately they dance to the political piper and the politicians don’t want to upset the true believers in acupuncture.
The result is a waste of our taxes to the tune of $24 million a year.
There is a lot of pressure on the ACC by scientists and by people like me that care about truth to stop wasting our money on snake oil cures. So the ACC commissioned a study to try to defend its ridiculous acupuncture spending.
Despite the study actually being flawed, it made some good recommendations. But did the ACC take any notice? No. And it took a group of us to launch Official Information Act (OIA) requests so that we could open this up to scrutiny.
We have now discovered via OIA that the ACC has been playing silly games (Mark Hanna’s excellent summary).
Here is the evidence :