Health insurance reform passes the Senate❌
On the 10th September 2018 the Government decided to REMOVE 17 natural therapies from your private health insurance rebates as of 1st April 2019.
This decision greatly disappoints and saddens us because of its clear message on the lack of understanding of what we as Naturopaths and Healthcare Practitioners do, our strengths, our knowledge and our growing evidence base to support what we do to help our patients.
Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine is extremely effective in the treatment and relief of many chronic health conditions. It is also a highly cost-effective way of reducing the load that chronic disease places on our current healthcare system. The decision also fails to acknowledge the role that Naturopaths play in preventative healthcare and health promotion.
It does not support you and your choice to fund your own healthcare choices.
Sadly, it is not just Naturopathy REMOVED, rebates are also gone for Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi – all complementary therapies that help patients manage chronic pain and stay fit and healthy.
Practicing natural medicine remains perfectly legal and viable within Australia. Each health fund will continue to make its own recognition rules for these treatments.
So, what can you do?
o Make sure you use your rebates between now and April 2019!
o Call your health insurance provider and ask them what their plans are, because they can still choose to offer coverage. If they don't, you could choose not to stay with them. Our Industry Associations will continue the fight too.
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