Dr. Kerr for many years was authorized to treat MPI patients by “The Personal Injury Protection Plan” (PIPP) that reimburses them for medical expenses incurred because of an accident. But since summer / 2019 they cancelled MPI coverages to all registered acupuncturists and TCM Dr in Manitoba.
Because they always had in their policies that only professions that are REGULATED in MANITOBA should be accepted by them to give their clients treatments. They are not sure why they kept paying us alll these years but once they had a meeting to make sure all their policies were being followed and found out what was happening they made sure Acupuncture treatments performed by REAL acupuncturists were eliminated from their claims. I had this information myself once I had the chance to speak with the person in charge of all these changes. ( I ‘m a Members of Boards of Directors of The Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Manitoba , this Association has being supported by CMAAC , member society of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS).
So, truth being said , unfortunetly TCM and Acupuncture is not yet regulated in MB and this dream will be hard to achieve once we don’t have enough members and funds to cover the costs to do as the MB guidelines requested.
It s a sad decision for many of my patients that instead of receiving a trained TCM DR with over 2500-5500 hours of training now they need to get whatever ” acupuncture” treatment MPI pays under a phsyotherapist that receives ONLY 100 hours of training. It is the difference between being effective and NOT effective.
According to Car Accident Attorneys web site: – “there are about 160,000 road accidents in Canada every year. According to the Transportation Safety Board approximately 2800 to 2900 people are killed on Canadian roads each year. These statistics show that while driving in Canada is relatively safe compared to other countries (including the US), there are still risks”
In the past years I have helped many patients with car accidents injuries and their rehabilitation was easier and faster with acupuncture treatments.
If you are interested in have effective acupuncture treatments performed by accreditated TCM DR and acupuncturists to help you to deal with car accident’s pain write to MPI, share your thoughts, complain about it. Maybe it will help them to understand that ACUPUNCTURE SHOULD BE PERFORMED BY ACCREDITATED ACUPUNCTURISTS who had been exposed to at least 2500 hours of training before seeing a patient.