You may have read in the news that last week, 13 October 2017, the Australian Government made an announcement regarding the removal of the private health insurance rebate for certain natural therapies from 1 April 2019.
Natural therapy modalities named in the announcement were: Aromatherapy, Bowen therapy, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Kinesiology, Naturopathy, Pilates, Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Yoga.
This means these and many more will no longer being recognised and supported.
This announcement comes after a recent Review of the Australian Government Rebate by the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer on Private Health Insurance for Natural Therapies.
What can you do?
If you’re concerned by the health rebate cuts…
Please join us in support of natural medicine and our practitioners by contacting your local Member for Parliament and joining the ‘Your Health, Your Choice’ petition.
They are lobbying the Government for a senate inquiry to scrutinise this report (which is now the subject of a complaint to the Commonwealth Ombudsman)… and asking why the report ignores world-wide positive scientific evidence for natural medicines and therapies.
If you sign the petition a letter will also be sent on your behalf to your local MP to show your support.
Or you can send a letter to your local MP personally. Templates can be found at the ATMS website here.
By removing, this rebate from private health funds, the Government are limiting every Australian’s right to choose the type of health care they receive. I know a lot of clients rely on this rebate to get the care and support they need.
This will affect demand for the 25,000 local small businesses in natural medicine and the wider industry impacting jobs.
Natural medicine is a long-term preventative health care strategy and we strongly believe it is crucial to reducing the burden on the public health system.
Please take the time to protect your right to choose natural and complementary medicines and therapies.