In October last year, 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, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Iridology, Kinesiology, Naturopathy, Pilates, Reflexology, Rolfing, Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Yoga.
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.
Please join the ground swell of support for natural medicine by contacting your local Member for Parliament.
We all have a vote, and we vote for Natural Medicine! Clients, practitioners and the industry are joining together in one voice to tell our MPs that if they support the removal of funding for natural medicine via the private health funds, they will not get our vote in the next election! #supportnaturalmedicine
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.
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.
What can you do?
1.Please download the letters below and send a personalised version to your local MP. There is a letter for consumers of natural medicine as well as for natural medicine practitioners.
2.Share and post the ‘I support Natural Medicine and I Vote’ campaign via the ATMS Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn page and hashtag #supportnaturalmedicine
Thank you from the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) for supporting our industry and accredited practitioners of natural medicine in Australia. Watch this space for further details on the campaign and updates on clarification on the Government’s announcement.