Missing half million in reported Acupuncture spend in 2004/2005.

Gold made this Official Information request to Accident Compensation Corporation

Accident Compensation Corporation did not have the information requested.

From: Gold

Dear Accident Compensation Corporation,

On 20th May, 2014 your office responded to an OIA request for Money spent on alternative therapies (update)[1]. The amount listed for Acupuncture in 2003/2004 was $4,424,458.

On 10th December, 2004 Dr Paul Hutchison asked Hon Ruth Dyson (Minister for ACC) a similar question[2]. The amount quoted at that time[3] was $4,940,613.

There is a discrepancy of $516,155 that appears to have been removed in the last 10 years. I could understand an increase as late claims are processed but to have a reduction feels odd to me.

Can the ACC explain the missing amount please.

Yours faithfully,


[1] https://fyi.org.nz/request/1624-money-sp...
[2] http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/busine...
[3] http://www.parliament.nz/resource/en-nz/...

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From: Koleti Vae'au
Accident Compensation Corporation

Dear Gold,

Thank you for your below request. ACC is currently working on your request for information under the Official Information Act 1982. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible, and certainly by 19 June 2014.

Please contact me if you have any questions in this regard.

Yours sincerely,

Koleti Vae'au, Team Manager, Government Services, ACC
Governance, Legal, Policy, and Research.
PO Box 242, Wellington 6140, www.acc.co.nz

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This question was answered, after a fashion, in another OIA request I had in the system. It can be located here;


In summary though;
* Over the years accounting systems change
* Data migration isn't perfect.
* We're unable to work out how (the exact query) that number was reached.

This is less than satisfactory in my mind.


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