Remedial Massage On The Chopping Block?

Remedial Massage on the chopping block from your Private health insurance?

Not likely!  Here’s why …

A Private health insurance review was undertaken between 2012-2014 and the results were released on 13th October 2017.

Natural therapies was part of that review.

The former Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer (CMO) concluded that there was no clear evidence demonstrating the efficacy of some natural therapies. The CMO concluded that by removing some specific natural therapies, taxpayer funds were not being directed to therapies lacking evidence.

In summary, Private health insurers will remove health benefit rebates, from 1st April 2019, for the following modalities: Alexander technique, aromatherapy, Bowen therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, herbalism, homeopathy, iridology, kinesiology, naturopathy, Pilates, reflexology, Rolfing, shiatsu, tai chi, and yoga.

On the Australian Health.Gov website, a list of changes that came from the Private health insurance reforms are available. The Natural Therapy Review summary is included on page 16. (See: )

As Private Health Insurers and the Federal Government both behave as businesses, they are always searching to cut costs wherever possible, while minimising any backlash to their cost-cutting decisions.

Fortunately, many health funds will continue to include remedial massage within their extras cover packages.

On the upside, the information on the government website tells us that by removing the rebates for the modalities listed above, the measure “… will contribute to reducing private health insurance premium price increases.” So, they do not go as far to say that your premiums will be reduced because your benefits are being taken away, but, they do prepare you for the inevitable price increases that you know they will never remove !