Government Health Reforms
From 1 April 2019, private health insurance no longer covers natural therapies, including aromatherapy, Bowen therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, herbalism, homeopathy, iridology, kinesiology, naturopathy, Pilates, reflexology, Rolfing, shiatsu, tai chi and yoga.
This government move comes after a recent review by the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer found there was no clear evidence of the efficacy of these therapies. An expert committee will be established to consider the issue of ballooning and often opaque out-of-pocket costs..
The PAA continues the major initiative of ‘Promoting Pilates as a Profession’, lobbying government bodies, skilled services and the general public on our profession, education standards and ethics. We will combine with promoting clinical based research on the Pilates Method and approceiate all input from members and the Pilates community to help further this cause.
Please be mindful that the impact for your clients may be minimal given the current rebate level.
UPDATE 06 April 2019: Announcement of a new review of natural therapies
Just days after the PHI changes were implemented, Minister for Health, Greg Hunt has announced a new $2mil review of natural therapies. Link to Dept. of Health Announcement
MP Kerryn Phelps is in support of Pilates being removed from the banned list and has called for the review to begin immediately. However, this will still take time so the PAA continue to liaise with the Ministers office and Shadow Minister. Meanwhile, we will start preparing submissions for the review.
We are also approaching individual health funds to discuss offering Pilates as an incentive.