New Zealand's ACC system is not working and needs a Royal Commission of Enquiry
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No responsible insurance company pays out to people who have never paid premiums.
The ACC system needs to work FOR those who have funded it.
No responsible insurance company pays out to people who have proven to be complicit in their own misfortune e.g. set their own car on fire.
The ACC system needs to work FOR those who have genuinely suffered from something beyond their control – a true ‘Accident’.
ACC levies funding accidents involving visitors and tourists to New Zealand.
To quote from the ACC brochure: "If you're injured during your visit to New Zealand, our unique accident compensation system can help. ACC provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week injury cover for everyone in New Zealand, including visitors, whether you are just on holiday, or even if you are working or studying here. We can assist with the costs of treatment and support while you are here."
The ACC system and legislation so inflexible that a person can suffer from a Treatment Injury resulting in 4 years of failed surgeries then permanent incapacity and yet NOT qualify for compensation because they were undergoing Chemotherapy instead of working prior to having life-saving surgery.
The ACC system is forcing good people to spend years and all their resources fighting for the compensation which, ultimately, they should have received from Day One.
ACC levies are funding a ‘no fault’ ACC system. They shouldn't also be funding a ‘no responsibility’ system as well.
WHY has a recent Independent report on ACC dispute resolution been released by Nathan Guy in September 2016 and yet has not been reported in the wider news media?
The review was based on more than 50 interviews with key stakeholders, including Acclaim, lawyers and advocates, medical organisations and specialists, disabled people's organisations, ACC, FairWay Resolution and other officials and organisations involved in accident compensation disputes.
And yet nowhere is it noted that people who have previously battled with ACC over its rulings and won were interviewed.
THE ACC SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING AND NEEDS A ROYAL COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY.
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