Schedule of fees for hearing aids
This schedule is based on recent purchasing history at Veterans’ Affairs for hearing aids and, in collaboration with NZAS, to reflect the standard hearing aid needs for the majority of veterans. These fees have been developed by reviewing our data over recent years of approved hearing aid applications. We have consulted with other government organisations and believe this schedule accommodates the provision of suitable, cost-effective hearing aids for 90% of veterans.
We expect veterans to be provided with cost-effective aids that meet their social and vocational needs, based on the Audiologist‘s needs assessment. We will pay for or make a contribution towards the provision of hearing aids and associated costs. Hearing aids are funded at the manufacturer’s wholesale cost except for hearing aid accessories, moulds and hearing aid consumables, which are at full retail price.
The schedule is intended to create a realistic set of parameters to enable professional judgment to be exercised; it is not a target to be reached. We expect that the majority of invoices will come in well under the maximum amount in this schedule, based on our analysis of our very recent data. There will be a rigorous auditing program to ensure Audiologists are working to their best practice standards and invoicing appropriately to cover the costs associated with the veteran's treatment.
For any veterans that have a hearing loss claim with ACC it is expected ACC will be the primary funder for the aids, and Veterans' Affairs will be charged the remaining costs that the veteran would otherwise be expected to pay.