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ACC Review Sensible


17 July 2008

Media release


ACC Review Sensible


A full review of ACC has the potential to achieve more effective rehabilitation of injured New Zealanders, the Group Chief Executive of Southern Cross Healthcare, Dr Ian McPherson, said today.

“The National Party policy talks about a stock take and an investigation into opening the Work Account up to competition.  We would support such a review if the intention is to evaluate how we can improve health outcomes for New Zealanders,” he said.  

“The ACC scheme is good, and the envy of many other countries, but that does not mean it cannot be improved. A number of studies, including the PriceWaterhouseCoopers review released in March, have already concluded that there is room for improvement in areas such as rehabilitation and injury prevention.

“Southern Cross is already working with a number of New Zealand businesses in the areas of rehabilitation, case management and return to work programmes for injured employees. We’re helping companies get people rehabilitated and back to work earlier after injuries .  We’re also helping with wellness programmes to prevent long-term or chronic health problems.”

Dr McPherson said Southern Cross, is a totally New Zealand not-for-profit Friendly Society with health care at its core, ensuring that should it get further involved in workplace rehabilitation no monies would be lost to private or offshore interests.

Southern Cross has experience in rehabilitation and case management through the Southern Cross Medical Care Society’s subsidiary business Care Advantage and could usefully contribute to any evaluation of opening up the ACC Work Account to competition.

“Southern Cross is happy to work with anyone who shares the goal of improving the health and productivity of New Zealanders and the New Zealand workforce.”

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