Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Regulations 2003

Reprint as at 1 December 2016

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Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Regulations 2003

(SR 2003/388)

Regulations name: amended, on 19 June 2013, pursuant to regulation 4(2) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2013 (SR 2013/138).

Dame Sian Elias, Administrator of the Government

Order in Council

At Wellington this 15th day of December 2003

Present:
Her Excellency the Administrator of the Government in Council

Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

Pursuant to sections 324 and 349(1)(f) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Act 2001, Her Excellency the Administrator of the Government, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.

Regulations

1 Title

These regulations are the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Regulations 2003.

Regulation 1: amended, on 19 June 2013, by regulation 4(2) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2013 (SR 2013/138).

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on 1 April 2004.

3 Interpretation

In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,—

Corporation

(a)

means the Accident Compensation Corporation continued by section 259 of the Act; and

(b)

includes insurers

elective surgery

(a)

means any surgery required in respect of a personal injury; but

(b)

does not include—

(i)

an acute treatment; or

(ii)

a public health acute service; or

(iii)

treatment

insurer has the same meaning as in section 341 of the Act

public health acute services has the same meaning as in regulation 4 of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Public Health Acute Services) Regulations 2002

radiologist means a medical practitioner who holds a licence, appropriate to the treatment for which payment is sought, under the Radiation Protection Act 1965

recognised branch of medicine means any of the following branches of medicine:

(a)

anaesthetics:

(b)

cardiothoracic surgery:

(c)

dermatology:

(d)

diagnostic radiology:

(e)

emergency medicine:

(f)

general surgery:

(g)

internal medicine:

(h)

neurosurgery:

(i)

obstetrics and gynaecology:

(j)

occupational medicine:

(k)

ophthalmology:

(l)

orthopaedic surgery:

(m)

otolaryngology head and neck surgery:

(n)

paediatric surgery:

(o)

paediatrics:

(p)

pathology:

(q)

plastic and reconstructive surgery:

(r)

psychological medicine or psychiatry:

(s)

public health medicine:

(t)

radiation oncology:

(u)

rehabilitation medicine:

(v)

sexual health medicine:

(w)

urology:

(x)

venereology

scope of practice has the same meaning as in section 5(1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

specialist means a medical practitioner whose scope of practice includes 1 or more recognised branches of medicine

specified treatment provider means an acupuncturist, chiropractor, occupational therapist, osteopath, physiotherapist, podiatrist, or speech therapist.

Regulation 3 Act: amended, on 3 March 2010, pursuant to section 5(1)(b) of the Accident Compensation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 1).

Regulation 3 nurse: revoked, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 3(1) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 3 radiologist: amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 3(2) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 3 registered specialist: revoked, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 3(3) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 3 scope of practice: inserted, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 3(3) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 3 specialist: inserted, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 3(3) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 3 vocational registration: revoked, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 3(4) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

4 What hourly rate means

(1)

If an hourly rate is specified in these regulations, the Corporation is liable to pay the appropriate proportion of the hourly rate for the part of an hour during which a claimant received direct treatment.

(2)

Despite subclause (1), the Corporation is liable to pay a proportion of the hourly rate under regulation 13(5)(b) only after the claimant has received the first 30 minutes of direct treatment.

(3)

For the purposes of this regulation, and regulation 5, direct treatment means the time during which a treatment provider is directly applying his or her expertise to a claimant’s treatment.

5 Limitations on hourly rate

(1)

This regulation applies if a treatment provider—

(a)

elects to receive an hourly rate under these regulations for payment for his or her services to a claimant; or

(b)

receives an hourly rate under these regulations for payment for his or her services to a claimant.

(2)

For any particular hour during which a treatment provider is treating claimants, the Corporation is liable to pay for no more than a total of 60 minutes of treatment at the relevant hourly rate despite,—

(a)

the number of claimants that the treatment provider may have directly treated in succession in that hour; or

(b)

the number of claimants that the treatment provider may have directly treated at the same time in that hour.

Liability to pay or contribute to cost of treatment

6 Liability of insurer for cost of treatment

(1)

The amount that an insurer is liable to pay under clause 1(2)(b) of Schedule 1 of the Accident Insurance Act 1998 (as continued by section 342(2) of the Act), for treatment other than elective surgery, is calculated by—

(a)

determining the amount that the treatment provider who treated the claimant charges for treating personal injuries of the kind suffered by the claimant; and

(b)

determining the amount that is payable under these regulations for treatment; and

(c)

selecting the lesser of the amounts under paragraphs (a) and (b).

(2)

For the purposes of subclause (1)(b), the amounts that are payable under these regulations are in—

(a)

column 3 of the Schedule of these regulations, which specifies the amount payable for the treatment specified in column 2; and

(b)

regulations 9 to 17,—

(i)

some of which prescribe amounts that are payable without reference to the Schedule; and

(ii)

some of which modify the amounts specified in column 3 of the Schedule.

(3)

The amount that an insurer is liable to pay under clause 1(2) of Schedule 1 of the Accident Insurance Act 1998 (as continued by section 342(2) of the Act) for elective surgery is calculated under regulation 18.

7 Liability of Corporation for cost of treatment

(1)

For the purposes of clause 1(1)(b) of Schedule 1 of the Act, the amounts that the Corporation is liable to pay under these regulations (for other than elective surgery) are in—

(a)

column 3 of the Schedule, which specifies the amount payable for the treatment specified in column 2; and

(b)

regulations 9 to 17,—

(i)

some of which prescribe amounts that are payable without reference to the Schedule; and

(ii)

some of which modify the amounts specified in column 3 of the Schedule.

(2)

The amount that the Corporation is liable to pay under clause 1(1)(b) of Schedule 1 of the Act for elective surgery is calculated under regulation 18.

(3)

For the purposes of subclause (1), Corporation does not include insurers.

8 Corporation not liable for cost of public health acute service

(1)

The Corporation is not liable to pay a claimant for a public health acute service that—

(a)

the claimant receives; or

(b)

the claimant does not receive, but is entitled to receive.

(2)

Subclause (1) applies even if the public health acute service is—

(a)

a treatment of a kind to which regulation 6 or regulation 7 applies; or

(b)

elective surgery of a kind to which regulation 18 applies.

9 Counsellors’ costs

(1)

This regulation applies to the treatments specified in the Schedule under the heading “Counsellors’ costs”.

(2)

The Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

$94.23 an hour for the treatment specified in item C1; and

(b)

$73.88 an hour for the treatment specified in item C2.

(3)

Despite regulation 4(3), the Corporation is liable to pay only for treatment provided on a face-to-face basis.

(4)

However, the Corporation is liable to pay for 1 session of treatment provided on other than a face-to-face basis if the treatment is provided because a claimant needs it urgently for a mental injury the claimant suffered in the circumstances described in section 21 of the Act.

Regulation 9(2)(a): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 4(1) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

Regulation 9(2)(b): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 4(2) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

10 Dentists’ costs

(1)

This regulation applies to the treatments specified in the Schedule under the heading “Dentists’ costs”.

(2)

The Corporation is liable to pay,—

(a)

for a claimant less than 18 years old at the time the claimant receives a treatment,—

(i)

the amount specified under the subheading “Claimants under 18 years old”, if the treatment is specified under the subheading; or

(ii)

the amount specified elsewhere under the heading, if the treatment is not specified under the subheading referred to in subparagraph (i); and

(b)

for any other claimant, the amount specified for the treatment other than under the subheading “Claimants under 18 years old”.

(3)

However, if at the same visit the claimant receives a treatment and a more comprehensive treatment for the same injury, the Corporation is liable to pay only the amount specified for the more comprehensive treatment.

(4)

If the claimant receives a treatment on a tooth that has previously been heavily restored, and the Corporation was not liable to pay for the previous restoration, the Corporation is liable to pay 75% of the amount specified for the treatment.

(5)

If the claimant receives a treatment on a tooth that has previously been crowned, and the Corporation was not liable to pay for the previous crowning, the Corporation is liable to pay 50% of the amount specified for the treatment.

11 Hyperbaric oxygen treatment costs

(1)

This regulation applies to the treatments specified in the Schedule under the heading “Hyperbaric oxygen treatment costs”.

(2)

If a claimant receives a treatment, the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

$53.08 an hour for the use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber; plus

(b)

the amount specified for the treatment.

(3)

For the purposes of subclause (2)(a),—

(a)

the Corporation is liable to pay the appropriate proportion for the part of an hour during which a chamber is used; and

(b)

regulation 4 does not apply.

Regulation 11(2)(a): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 5 of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

12 Radiologists’ costs

(1)

This regulation applies to the treatments specified in the Schedule under the heading “Radiologists’ costs”.

(2)

If a claimant receives treatment from a radiologist, the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

the amount specified for the treatment, if the radiologist’s scope of practice includes the branch of medicine known as diagnostic radiology; or

(b)

in any other case, 60% of the amount specified for the treatment.

Regulation 12(2)(a): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 4 of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

13 Medical practitioners’ costs

(1)

This regulation applies if—

(a)

a claimant visits or is visited by a medical practitioner who—

(i)

is not a specialist; or

(ii)

is a specialist but during the visit is not practising within a recognised branch of medicine included in his or her scope of practice; and

(b)

any treatment received by the claimant during the visit is specified in the Schedule under the heading Medical practitioners’, nurses’, and nurse practitioners’ costs”.

(2)

For each visit the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

either—

(i)

$56.07, if the claimant is under 13 years old when the visit takes place; or

(ii)

$31.53, if the claimant is 13 years old or over when the visit takes place; plus

(b)

the amount specified for any treatment the claimant receives.

(3)

If the claimant receives 2 or more treatments at the same visit, for different injuries, the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

the amount specified for the more or most expensive treatment the claimant receives; plus

(b)

50% of the amount specified for each other treatment the claimant receives.

(4)

However, if at the same visit the claimant receives a treatment and a more comprehensive treatment for the same injury, the Corporation is liable to pay only the amount specified for the more comprehensive treatment.

(5)

If the practitioner travels to the claimant and the claimant receives emergency treatment, the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

a travelling fee at the rate of 73 cents per kilometre (if in the same circumstances the cost of travel would be payable under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000); plus

(b)

$43.43 an hour if the Corporation is liable to pay a travelling fee under paragraph (a); plus

(c)

the amount payable under subclause (2).

(6)

The amount that the Corporation is liable to pay for treatment under this regulation includes a contribution to the cost of the practitioner using the most effective treatment materials available to the practitioner, having regard to the nature of the claimant’s personal injury.

(7)

This regulation is subject to regulation 15.

Regulation 13 heading: amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 5(1) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 13(1)(a): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 5(2) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 13(1)(a)(i): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 5(2) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 13(1)(a)(ii): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 5(2) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 13(1)(a)(ii): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 5(3) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 13(1)(b): amended, on 1 April 2012, by regulation 4(1) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/11).

Regulation 13(1)(b): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 5(4) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 13(2)(a): replaced, on 1 July 2015, by regulation 4 of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2015 (LI 2015/81).

Regulation 13(2)(a)(i): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 6(1) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

Regulation 13(2)(a)(ii): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 6(2) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

Regulation 13(5)(a): amended, on 1 July 2012, by regulation 11(3) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/11).

Regulation 13(5)(b): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 6(3) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

14 Nurses’ costs

(1)

This regulation applies if—

(a)

a claimant visits or is visited by a nurse; and

(b)

any treatment received by the claimant during the visit is specified in the Schedule under the heading Medical practitioners’, nurses’, and nurse practitioners’ costs”.

(2)

For each visit the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

either—

(i)

$19.88, if the claimant is under 13 years old when the visit takes place; or

(ii)

$14.77, if the claimant is 13 years old or over when the visit takes place; plus

(b)

the amount specified for any treatment the claimant receives.

(3)

If the claimant receives 2 or more treatments at the same visit, for different injuries, the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

the amount specified for the more or most expensive treatment the claimant receives; plus

(b)

50% of the amount specified for each other treatment the claimant receives.

(4)

However, if at the same visit the claimant receives a treatment and a more comprehensive treatment for the same injury, the Corporation is liable to pay only the amount specified for the more comprehensive treatment.

(5)

The amount that the Corporation is liable to pay for treatment under this regulation includes a contribution to the cost of the nurse using the most effective treatment materials available to the nurse, having regard to the nature of the claimant’s personal injury.

(6)

This regulation is subject to regulation 15.

Regulation 14(1)(b): amended, on 1 April 2012, by regulation 5(1) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/11).

Regulation 14(1)(b): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 6 of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 14(2)(a): replaced, on 1 July 2015, by regulation 5 of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2015 (LI 2015/81).

Regulation 14(2)(a)(i): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 7(1) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

Regulation 14(2)(a)(ii): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 7(2) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

15 Medical practitioners’ and nurses’ costs for combined treatment

(1)

This regulation applies if—

(a)

a claimant visits or is visited by—

(i)

a nurse; and

(ii)

a medical practitioner described in regulation 13(1)(a); and

(b)

any treatment received by the claimant during the visit is specified in the Schedule under the heading Medical practitioners’, nurses’, and nurse practitioners’ costs”.

(2)

For each combined visit the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

either—

(i)

$59.01, if the claimant is under 13 years old when the visit takes place; or

(ii)

$34.48, if the claimant is 13 years old or over when the visit takes place; plus

(b)

the amount specified for any treatment the claimant receives.

(3)

If the claimant receives 2 or more treatments at the same combined visit, for different injuries, and the nurse and the medical practitioner worked together on each treatment, the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

the amount specified for the more or most expensive treatment the claimant receives; plus

(b)

50% of the amount specified for each other treatment the claimant receives.

(4)

If the claimant receives 2 or more treatments at the same combined visit, for different injuries, and the nurse and the medical practitioner worked separately on each treatment, the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

to the nurse—

(i)

the amount specified for the more or most expensive treatment the claimant receives from the nurse; plus

(ii)

50% of the amount specified for any other treatment the claimant receives from the nurse; and

(b)

to the medical practitioner—

(i)

the amount specified for the more or most expensive treatment the claimant receives from the medical practitioner; plus

(ii)

50% of the amount specified for any other treatment the claimant receives from the medical practitioner.

(5)

However, if at the same combined visit the claimant receives a treatment and a more comprehensive treatment for the same injury, the Corporation is liable to pay only the amount specified for the more comprehensive treatment.

(6)

The amount that the Corporation is liable to pay for treatment under this regulation includes a contribution to the cost of the nurse and the medical practitioner using the most effective treatment materials available to the nurse and medical practitioner, having regard to the nature of the claimant’s personal injury.

(7)

To avoid doubt, if the Corporation is liable to pay a nurse or a medical practitioner for a visit under this regulation, the Corporation is not liable, in relation to the visit, to pay the nurse or medical practitioner—

(a)

more than once for any treatment that the claimant receives; or

(b)

under any of the provisions contained in regulation 13 or regulation 14.

Regulation 15 heading: amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 7(1) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 15(1)(a)(ii): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 7(2) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 15(1)(b): amended, on 1 April 2012, by regulation 6(1) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/11).

Regulation 15(1)(b): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 7(3) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 15(2)(a): replaced, on 1 July 2015, by regulation 6 of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2015 (LI 2015/81).

Regulation 15(2)(a)(i): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 8(1) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

Regulation 15(2)(a)(ii): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 8(2) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

Regulation 15(3): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 7(4) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 15(4): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 7(5) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 15(4)(b): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 7(5) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 15(4)(b)(i): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 7(5) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 15(4)(b)(ii): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 7(5) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 15(6): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 7(6) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 15(7): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 7(7) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

15A Nurse practitioners’ costs

(1)

This regulation applies if—

(a)

a claimant visits or is visited by a nurse practitioner; and

(b)

any treatment received by the claimant during the visit is specified in the Schedule under the heading Medical practitioners’, nurses’, and nurse practitioners’ costs.

(2)

For each visit the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

either—

(i)

$51.57, if the claimant is under 13 years old when the visit takes place; or

(ii)

$27.04, if the claimant is 13 years old or over when the visit takes place; plus

(b)

the amount specified for any treatment the claimant receives.

(3)

If the claimant receives 2 or more treatments at the same visit, for different injuries, the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

the amount specified for the most expensive treatment the claimant receives; plus

(b)

50% of the amount specified for each other treatment the claimant receives.

(4)

However, if at the same visit the claimant receives a treatment and a more comprehensive treatment for the same injury, the Corporation is liable to pay only the amount specified for the more comprehensive treatment.

(5)

The amount that the Corporation is liable to pay for the treatment under this regulation includes a contribution to the cost of the nurse practitioner using the most effective treatment materials available to the nurse practitioner having regard to the nature of the claimant’s personal injury.

Regulation 15A: inserted, on 1 April 2012, by regulation 7 of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/11).

Regulation 15A(2)(a): replaced, on 1 July 2015, by regulation 7 of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2015 (LI 2015/81).

Regulation 15A(2)(a)(i): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 9(1) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

Regulation 15A(2)(a)(ii): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 9(2) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

16 Specialists’ costs

(1)

This regulation applies if—

(a)

a claimant visits or is visited by a medical practitioner who—

(i)

is a specialist; and

(ii)

during the visit, is practising within a recognised branch of medicine included in his or her scope of practice; and

(b)

any treatment received by the claimant during the visit is specified in the Schedule under the heading Specialists’ costs”.

(2)

For the first visit that the claimant has, the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

either—

(i)

$94.23, if the visit was with a specialist practising within any of the following recognised branches of medicine:

(A)

internal medicine:

(B)

neurosurgery:

(C)

occupational medicine:

(D)

paediatrics:

(E)

psychological medicine or psychiatry:

(F)

rehabilitation medicine; or

(ii)

$73.88, if the visit was with a specialist practising within any other recognised branch of medicine; plus

(b)

the amount specified for any treatment the claimant receives.

(3)

For each further visit that the claimant has with the specialist, in relation to the same injury, the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

$36.94; plus

(b)

the amount specified for any treatment the claimant receives.

(4)

If the claimant receives 2 or more treatments at the same visit, the Corporation is liable to pay—

(a)

the amount specified for the more or most expensive treatment the claimant receives; plus

(b)

50% of the amount specified for each other treatment the claimant receives.

(5)

However, if at the same visit the claimant receives a treatment and a more comprehensive treatment for the same injury, the Corporation is liable to pay only the amount specified for the more comprehensive treatment.

Regulation 16 heading: amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 8(1) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 16(1)(a): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 8(2) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 16(1)(a)(i): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 8(2) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 16(1)(a)(ii): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 8(3) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 16(1)(b): amended, on 19 September 2004, by regulation 8(4) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SR 2004/318).

Regulation 16(2)(a)(i): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 10(1) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

Regulation 16(2)(a)(ii): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 10(2) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

Regulation 16(3)(a): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 10(3) of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

17 Specified treatment providers’ costs

(1)

This regulation applies to the treatments specified in the Schedule under the heading “Specified treatment providers’ costs”.

(2)

A treatment provider may elect not to be paid the amount specified in item TMT for any treatment that a claimant receives by giving the Corporation a written notice of election.

(3)

If the Corporation receives a notice of election, the Corporation is liable to pay the lesser of—

(a)

$58.02 an hour; or

(b)

the rate per hour the provider would have charged the claimant for treating personal injuries of the kind suffered by the claimant.

(4)

The provider may revoke an election under subclause (2) by giving the Corporation a written notice of revocation, but may give another written notice of election only if the Corporation first gives written consent allowing the provider to make a re-election.

Regulation 17(3)(a): amended, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 11 of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

18 Elective surgery costs

(1)

This regulation applies if the Corporation is liable to pay for elective surgery for a claimant.

(2)

The Corporation may nominate a provider to perform the surgery (nominated provider).

(3)

Subject to subclause (4), the claimant must then—

(a)

decide to accept the nominated provider; or

(b)

decide not to accept the nominated provider and choose a provider (chosen provider); or

(c)

choose a provider (because the Corporation has not nominated a provider under subclause (2)).

(4)

Before the claimant decides whether to accept the nominated provider, the Corporation must tell the claimant that the Corporation would be liable to pay the full cost of the surgery if it was performed by the nominated provider.

(5)

The Corporation is liable to pay the full cost of surgery under this regulation if it is performed by—

(a)

a district health board; or

(b)

a nominated provider; or

(c)

a provider described in subclause (3)(c).

(6)

The Corporation is liable to pay 60% of the amount that would have been payable under this regulation had the surgery been performed by the nominated provider, if—

(a)

the Corporation nominated a provider under subclause (2); and

(b)

the surgery is performed by the chosen provider; and

(c)

the chosen provider is not a district health board.

GST

19 GST excluded

All amounts specified or referred to in these regulations are exclusive of goods and services tax.

Regulation 19 heading: amended, on 1 July 2012, by regulation 17(1) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/11).

Regulation 19: amended, on 1 July 2012, by regulation 17(2) of the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/11).

Revocations

20 Revocations

(2)

Despite subclause (1), the regulations continue to apply as if they had not been revoked for the purposes of determining the amount the Corporation is liable to pay for treatment received by a claimant at visits before 1 April 2004.

Schedule Costs of treatment

rr 6, 7, 9–17

Schedule: replaced, on 1 December 2016, by regulation 12 of the Accident Compensation (Liability to Pay or Contribute to Cost of Treatment) Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/236).

Item numberTreatmentCost ($)
Counsellors’ costs
C1Consultation provided by a counsellor who is a specialist
C2Consultation provided by a counsellor
Dentists’ costs
Examination
DE1Dental consultation, including examination45.87
DE2Periodic oral examination or review29.50
DE3Extended initial examination (complex cases relating to dental implants, orthodontics, and advanced restorative work), including study models, photographs, and tomography126.66
Radiological examination and interpretation
DX1Periapical or bitewing film (each)22.93
DX2Occlusal (each)22.93
DX3Panorex59.94
DX4Other additional images (per treatment episode)9.05
DX7Acute sedation (IV only) (initial consultation only)158.32
Emergency temporary cover
DT1Emergency temporary cover44.42
General oral surgery
Extractions
DG1Extraction of permanent or rooted deciduous tooth (per first tooth)118.47
DG2Surgical removal of tooth, including insertion and removal of sutures189.99
DG4Extraction of subsequent permanent or deciduous tooth in the same quadrant arch as for DG164.74
Surgery
DG5Management of lacerations by suturing (per operative site)123.49
DG7Incision and drainage abscess cellulitis139.32
DG8Excision of traumatic mucous cyst164.66
DG10Splint application or removal (for 3 splint units)94.99
DG11Cleaning of wound and removal of debris43.42
DG14Reduction of fractured alveolar process92.48
DG15Repositioning of displaced tooth (per tooth) or replacing avulsed tooth46.23
DG17Occlusal adjustment (simple)30.80
DG22Minor surgical operations not otherwise covered by this schedule132.62
DG23Provision of bite splints189.99
Restorative
DR1Amalgam 1 surface filling (including 2 fillings on the one surface)84.14
DR2Amalgam 2 surface filling (approximo-occlusal)110.05
DR3Complex amalgam restoration159.22
DR6Non-metallic simple fillings (including 2 fillings on the one surface)97.07
DR7Non-metallic filling (2 or more surfaces per tooth)129.45
DR8Rebonding tooth fragment or coronal portion87.02
DR9Complex reconstruction in composite resin, direct172.84
Prosthodontics
DP1Plastic denture (1 tooth—material of choice)484.59
DP2Each additional tooth (all dentures)21.71
DP5Metal-framed partial denture (1 tooth)1,109.74
DP7Transitional denture replacing missing tooth or teeth441.49
DP8Full upper or lower denture723.75
DP11Reline or rebase denture226.58
DP13Repair (all types)74.01
DP14Addition of tooth to existing denture (includes additional tooth)135.93
Crown and bridge
Inlay or onlay and veneers
DC3Indirect inlay or onlay276.33
DC6Porcelain veneer813.50
DC7Composite resin veneer177.31
DC8Post (wrought or preformed)94.99
DC9Composite or amalgam core114.00
DC11Cast post and core (metal or ceramic)217.85
Crowns
DC15All ceramic crown961.87
DC16Porcelain fused to metal crown924.95
DC17Cast gold crown (full and three-quarters)869.50
Bridges
DC19Maryland bridge670.20
DC20Composite bridge (per unit)221.64
DC25Re-cementing crown, bridge, veneer, or inlay33.29
DC26Non-composite bridge (on injured teeth that meet the requirement for a crown) (3 units)2,265.35
DC27Replacement of non-composite bridge2,710.46
Endodontics
DN1Pulpotomy or pulpectomy126.66
DN2Irrigation and dressing of root canal system128.56
DN3Complete preparation and obturation of root canal (per canal)—open or closed apex284.98
DN5Apicectomy and retrograde filling (per canal)277.45
DN6Removal of root filling (per canal)222.60
DN7Removal of post, post crown, or crown222.60
DN8Bleaching, 1 non-vital tooth (per treatment)158.32
DN9Pulp capping36.99
DN10Removal of fractured post or instrument222.60
DN11Repair of perforation222.60
DN13Negotiation of calcified canal (can be used with item DN3)222.60
Periodontics
DD1Gingivectomy106.07
DD2Crown lengthening (per tooth)221.64
DD4Subgingival curettage (per tooth)88.50
DD7Site preparation for dental implant323.68
DD8Placement of membrane346.79
DD9Substitute bone material138.71
Dental implants
DM1Resilient linings (tooth or teeth)66.59
DM2Fixture head impressions and copings (per fixture)356.04
DM3Dental implant crown (per single unit)1,109.76
DM4Dental stent and guide (per fixture)120.23
DM5Definitive abutment (per fixture)356.04
DM6Temporary abutment (per fixture)44.39
DM7Repairs to abutments (per fixture)77.03
Claimants under 18 years old
DY1Dental consultation, including examination59.72
DY14Temporary crown110.98
DY15Temporary bridge110.98
DY21Surgical decoronation388.42
DY22Removal of deciduous teeth27.14
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment costs
H1Neurological assay before recompression88.45
H2Neurological assay after recompression79.58
H3In-chamber treatment supervision (per hour)92.47
H4Out-of-chamber treatment supervision (per hour)45.32
Medical practitioners’, nurses’, and nurse practitioners’ costs
Burn or abrasion
MB1Treatment of burn not exceeding 4 cm²30.96
MB2Treatment of burn at single site exceeding 4 cm²60.96
MB3Treatment of significant abrasions not exceeding 4 cm² at single site30.97
MB4Treatment of significant abrasions exceeding 4 cm² at single site60.96
MB5Significant burns or abrasions (not including fractures) at multiple sites (exceeding 4 cm²): necessary wound cleaning, preparation, and dressing88.82
Dislocation
MD1Dislocation of finger or toe with splint or strapping35.87
MD2Dislocation of thumb: closed reduction and immobilisation100.52
MD3Dislocation of elbow with radiological confirmation: closed reduction and immobilisation93.10
MD4Dislocation of shoulder: closed reduction and collar and cuff immobilisation67.06
MD5Dislocation of patella: closed reduction and cast immobilisation159.56
Fracture
MF1Fractured finger or toe (proximal, middle, or distal phalanx): closed reduction and immobilisation35.87
MF2Fractured finger or toe (proximal, middle, or distal phalanx): requiring local anaesthetic49.60
MF3Fractured metatarsal: closed reduction (not requiring cast): closed reduction, immobilisation by strapping35.87
MF4Fractured metacarpal(s) hand: with or without local anaesthetic, immobilisation by strapping49.60
MF5Fractured carpal bone, including scaphoid: treatment by cast immobilisation, not requiring reduction111.72
MF6Fractured tarsal or metatarsal bones (excluding calcaneum or talus): treatment by cast immobilisation159.56
MF7Fractured calcaneum or talus: treatment by cast immobilisation159.56
MF8Fractured clavicle67.06
MF9Fractured distal radius and ulna: cast immobilisation not requiring reduction111.72
MF10Fractured distal radius and ulna requiring closed reduction, involving regional or other form of anaesthesia133.58
MF11Fractured shaft radius and ulna: treatment by cast immobilisation111.72
MF12Fractured distal humerus (supracondylar or condylar): treatment by cast immobilisation111.72
MF13Fractured proximal or shaft humerus: immobilisation by collar and cuff or U-slab67.75
MF14Fractured shaft tibia or fibula, or both: treatment by cast immobilisation with reduction159.56
MF15Fractured distal tibia or fibula, or both: treatment by cast immobilisation with reduction159.56
MF16Fractured fibula (without tibial fracture): immobilisation with soft tissue strapping67.75
Miscellaneous
MM1Abscess or haematoma: drainage with incision (with or without local anaesthetic agent)27.94
MM2Insertion of IV line for administration of IV medications or electrolytes or transfusion (if provided under local or national guideline approved by the Corporation)55.88
MM3Nail, simple removal22.37
MM4Nail, removal or wedge resection requiring the use of digital anaesthesia93.10
MM5Removal of embedded or impacted foreign body from cornea or conjunctiva (with use of topical anaesthetic), or from auditory canal or nasal passages, or from skin or subcutaneous tissue with incision, or from rectum or vagina30.08
MM6Pinch skin graft69.86
MM7Dental anaesthetic26.10
MM8Epistaxis: arrest during episode by nasal cavity packing with or without cautery41.26
Open wound
MW1Closure of open wounds less than 2 cm: any necessary care and treatment, including cleaning and debriding, exploration, administration of anaesthetic, and dressing32.90
MW2Closure of open wound (or wounds) of skin and subcutaneous tissue or mucous membrane 2 cm to 7 cm long: any necessary care and treatment, including cleaning and debriding, exploration, administration of anaesthetic, and dressing62.77
MW3Closure of open wound (or wounds) of skin and subcutaneous tissue or mucous membrane exceeding 7 cm long: any necessary care and treatment, including cleaning and debriding, exploration, administration of anaesthetic, and dressing83.06
MW4Amputation of digit, including use of anaesthetic, debridement of bone and soft tissue, and closure of wound93.10
Soft tissue injury
MT1Simple soft tissue injuries: management of simple sprain of wrist, ankle, knee, elbow, or other soft tissue injury requiring crepe bandage or similar immobilisation not requiring formal strapping14.61
MT2Soft tissue injury (other than splinting of dislocated or fractured digit), unless specified elsewhere: application of plaster or padded splint or specific strapping within agreed guidelines (includes splinting of Achilles tendon injury and serious ankle sprains)67.75
MT3Aspiration of inflamed joint, tendon, bursa, or other subcutaneous tissue or space (with or without injection)32.87
MT4Extensor tendon: primary repair167.59
MT5Ruptured Achilles tendon: management by plaster immobilisation164.28
Radiologists’ costs
Extremities
RA01Sternum58.19
RA02Sterno-clavicular joints66.50
RA03Clavicle49.88
RA04Acromio-clavicular joints49.88
RA05Scapula49.88
RA06Shoulder54.03
RA07Humerus54.03
RA08Elbow joint45.72
RA09Forearm45.72
RA10Hand or wrist joint, or both45.72
RA11Wrist or hand for bone age45.72
RA15Upper limb (infant)54.03
RA21Sacro-iliac joints54.03
RA22Pelvis or both hips (1 projection)54.03
RA25Hip joint (more than 1 projection)58.19
RA26Femur54.03
RA27Knee joint49.88
RA28Knee joint (and intercondylar or axial)58.19
RA29Tibia and fibula49.88
RA30Ankle joint54.03
RA32Foot49.88
RA35Long legs (hips to ankles), including measurement62.34
RA40Lower limb (infant)58.19
Head, neck, and spine
RB01Cervical spine62.34
RB02Thoracic spine58.19
RB03Lumbar spine, including lumbosacral joint58.19
RB04Sacro-coccygeal spine54.03
RB08Spine (scoliosis views)62.34
RB10Skull58.19
RB12Nasal bones49.88
RB13Facial bones54.03
RB14Optic foramina45.72
RB16Auditory canals (plain films only)58.19
RB21Nasal sinuses45.72
RB22Nasopharynx54.03
RB23Mastoids (bilateral)58.19
RB24Larynx or trachea, or both49.88
RB31Upper teeth45.72
RB32Lower teeth45.72
RB33Mandible or OPG or lateral cephalogram62.34
RB34Temporo-mandibular joints62.34
RB35Salivary gland54.03
RB37Pharynx54.03
Chest, including breast
RC05Thoracic inlet54.03
RC06Chest (1 view)54.03
RC07Chest (more than 1 view)54.03
RC08Chest and thoracic cage66.50
RC09Chest and both oblique views66.50
Mammography
RC31Screening mammogram91.44
RC32Recall mammogram124.69
RC35Problem mammogram bilateral182.88
RC36Problem mammogram unilateral120.53
RC40Needle localisation245.22
RC41Galactogram245.22
RC45Breast aspiration biopsy245.22
RC46Breast biopsy with stereotaxis245.22
GI, GU, and obstetrics—no contrast modifiers permitted
Radiology
RD01Abdomen (1 projection)54.03
RD02Abdomen (2 or more projections)54.03
RD07Pelvimetry (1 view)54.03
RD08Pelvimetry (2 or more views)54.03
Screening
RD10Contrast swallow (oesophagus only)423.94
RD11Contrast study upper GI tract423.94
RD13Small bowel meal423.94
RD14Small bowel enema (enteroclysis)710.72
RD15Contrast enema423.94
RD20Dynamic proctogram423.94
RD30ERCP423.94
RD40IVP, including plain film and tomography245.22
RD44Cystogram: retrograde or antegrade423.94
RD45Urethrogram423.94
RD46Micturating cysto-urethrogram423.94
RD47Ascending urethrogram423.94
Special procedures
RS42Tube injection245.22
RS43Dacrocystogram245.22
RS44Sialogram245.22
RS46Hysterosalpingogram423.94
RS61Myelogram cervical423.94
RS62Myelogram lumbar423.94
RS63Myelogram multilevel423.94
RS70Arthrogram245.22
RS71Arthrogram—upper limb245.22
RS73Arthrogram—lower limb245.22
Ultrasound
Abdomen and pelvis
RU01US abdomen128.84
RU02US abdomen and pelvis162.09
RU03US renal tracts120.53
RU04US abdominal aorta (without Doppler)120.53
RU06US pelvis (trans-abdominal only)120.53
Infants
RU10US infant head120.53
RU11US infant pylorus120.53
RU12US infant heart228.59
RU13US infant hips120.53
RU19US infant miscellaneous120.53
Various
RU20US thyroid or neck120.53
RU21US scrotum and testes120.53
RU22US breast120.53
RU23US veins170.41
RU24US eye120.53
RU25US chest120.53
RU27US injection or aspiration241.06
RU28US additional region87.28
RU29US miscellaneous120.53
Skeletal
RU30US shoulder170.41
RU31US musculo-skeletal128.84
RU32US foreign body localisation95.59
RU39US skeletal miscellaneous128.84
Intracavitary
RU40US prostate149.63
RU41US anus or rectum149.63
RU42US female pelvis (includes trans-vaginal and trans-abdominal, or trans-vaginal only)149.63
RU43US trans-oesophageal253.53
RU44US intraoperative253.53
RU49US intracavitary miscellaneous149.63
Vascular
RU51Duplex or Doppler of chest203.66
RU56Duplex or Doppler of additional limb (arterial or venous)162.09
Pregnancy
RU60US routine pregnancy less than 28 weeks128.84
RU61US problem pregnancy162.09
RU62US pregnancy exceeding 28 weeks162.09
RU64US with amniocentesis241.06
RU68US pregnancy (per extra foetus exceeding 1)62.34
Additional
RX24X-ray additional region45.72
RX25Domiciliary X-ray (in addition)87.28
Specialists’ costs
Repair recent wound
SR1Not exceeding 7 cm, superficial132.66
SR2Not exceeding 7 cm, deeper tissue176.87
SR3Exceeding 7 cm, superficial221.11
SR4Exceeding 7 cm, deeper tissue265.32
Fractures (closed reduction)
SF1Phalanges88.45
SF2Metacarpals, excluding Bennetts159.20
SF3Metatarsals123.83
SF4Bennetts229.94
SF5Carpal bones114.96
SF6Colles212.24
SF7Radius and ulna—shafts256.45
SF8Radius—head and neck229.94
SF9Humerus256.45
SF10Talus—neck238.79
SF11Calcaneus238.79
SF12Other tarsals150.37
SF13Ankle—fracture dislocation, Potts371.44
SF14Tibia and fibula—shaft424.48
SF15Tibia and fibula—upper end371.44
SF16Tibia and fibula—involving joint traction433.31
SF17Femur, any site, with or without traction654.43
Haematoma, abscess, or other infection
SH1Small—aspiration22.15
SH2Large—incision and drainage (local anaesthetic)105.57
SH3Large—incision and drainage (general anaesthetic)114.96
Foreign body, removal of
SB1Under local anaesthetic84.07
SB2Under general anaesthetic185.70
SB3From cornea or sclera57.52
SB4From ear, other than by simple syringing88.45
SB5From muscle, tendon, or other deep tissue265.32
SB6From nose, other than by simple probing106.12
SB7From throat, additional fee88.45
Dislocations (closed reduction)
SD1Elbow, wrist, thumb, and fingers with strapping or splint176.87
SD2Shoulder106.12
SD3Patella150.37
SD4Hip212.24
Plaster
SP1Upper limb—above elbow132.66
SP2Upper limb—below elbow114.96
SP3Lower limb—above knee159.20
SP4Lower limb—below knee132.66
Other
SM1Aspiration of joint22.15
SM2Amputation of all or part of 1 digit194.58
SM3Extensor tendon, primary repair309.53
SM4Nail, simple removal88.45
Specified treatment providers’ costs
TMTAll treatment23.06
POD3Podiatry: abscess or haematoma: drainage with incision (with or without local anaesthetic agent)27.94
POD4Podiatry: nail, simple removal22.37
POD5Podiatry: nail, removal or wedge resection requiring the use of digital anaesthesia93.10
XRAYX-ray services provided by chiropractor (maximum of 2 films per claimant per personal injury)14.15

Diane Morcom,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 18 December 2003.

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