ICBC COVERS ACUPUNCTURE!
All you need is your ICBC Claim Number
Effective Date: April 1, 2019
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident (MVA) covered by ICBC on or after April 1, 2019, you are automatically pre-authorized (regardless of fault) for up to 12 acupuncture sessions within 12 weeks of the date of the accident. If additional sessions are required, we can ask ICBC to extend the coverage.
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Hassle-free Direct Billing
Simply give us your ICBC claim number
No doctor's referral required
We’ll direct bill ICBC
No upfront payment required
No extra charges at our clinic
Why delay reclaiming your quality of life when acupuncture can treat physical, psychological and autonomic nervous disorders easily and quickly. To highlight just one example, acupuncture is exceedingly effective at treating soft tissue injuries, which are commonly caused during MVAs. Such injuries — often invisible even with the use of scans and x-rays – can be extremely painful and debilitating. Left untreated, or treated only with pain killers, soft tissue injuries can take months or years to recover from. Learn more about symptoms and injuries we can treat.
PTSD Drug-free Treatment
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a massive mental trauma, and can be triggered by an MVA. Common post-MVA PTSD symptoms include intrusive memories and ﬂashbacks, being easily startled or scared, and panic attacks. Acupuncture provides rapid relief to patients without causing unwanted flareups, and promotes general well-being. Increasingly, acupuncture is being turned to for rapid, drug-free treatment of PTSD.
Common symptoms of an auto injury/whiplash
Pins and Needle Sensation
Lower Back Pain
High Blood Pressure
No. The first 12 treatments do not require the approval of the ICBC nor doctors' referrals. You only need to bring your ICBC Claim number. If you need more than 12 treatments, you can request ICBC to extend your treatment.
ICBC will cover $ 105 for initial treatment and $ 88 for subsequent treatment, which will be reimbursed directly to the clinic where you received the treatment. Currently, our clinic charges $ 130 for initial pain and $ 110 for subsequent, but special discounts have been applied for MVA patients to eliminate any extra costs paid by the patient. No additional cost will be billed to the patients covered under ICBC.
You will receive a combination of acupuncture, cupping or stone massage. If constipation starts or worsens after the accident, the prognosis is not good. In this case, several days of herbal medicine may be prescribed. There may be extra costs for herbal medicines for more than 3 days
Yes, combining allegeable therapies can significantly benefit the recovery rate. However, receiving more than one session in one day is not recommended.
It is most important to be treated consistently twice a week. The treatment period can be explained during the course of treatments depending on the condition of the patient.
The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident is not limited to physical pain. Anorexia, insomnia, and panic disorder are typical symptoms of autonomic nervous disorders that can no longer be controlled from physical trauma. Acupuncture can treat these psychological symptoms along with your physical pain.
For young children, use only the smallest(thinnest) needles and the smallest number of needles. Acupressure massage and stone massage are usually applied rather than acupuncture.