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Chronic low back pain in New Zealand

I would like to know the recorded number and percentage of people diagnosed with chronic low back pain and currently living with chronic low back pain in New Zealand. Also, I would like to know the cost per year or per period of time that this condition has had on the government/healthsystem whether direct health cost (treament,diagnosis) or indirect such as time off work, ACC coverage sickness benifit. I would like numbers and percentages, but also if any graphs/figures are available to show the trend of this condition over time and possibly projection data of the future burden of this condition.

I am putting together a post graduate presentation through the University of Auckland on Chronic low back pain NZ stats and costs to make aware to my colleagues the burden of this condition.

Response from
Accident Compensation Corporation

Request received


Thank you for your email. We hold some of the information you require. Unfortunately, we have a significant back log of requests and an estimated time of delivery for your request would be in approximately 3 months time. If you would like to progress with the request please e-mail us and we will provide you with an information request form. Once this is filled and submitted to us we will add it to our work queue and an analyst will be in touch with you with an estimated date of delivery.

Best Regards

BI Team

Information Analysis Services, ACC
ACC / Corporate Office / Level 9, Vogel Centre / 19 Aitken Street

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