Health Insurance Reform | IICT- International Institute for Complementary Therapists

Late last year, the Australian Federal Government announced a plan to remove several key natural therapies from their definition of private health insurance general treatment. In short, this means that the rebate that applied to certain modalities as part of a private health insurance plans are no longer offered.

The therapies affected by these policy changes are;

  • Alexander Technique
  • Kinesiology
  • Aromatherapy
  • Naturopathy
  • Bowen Therapy
  • Pilates
  • Buteyko
  • Reflexology
  • Feldenkrais
  • Rolfing
  • Herbalism
  • Shiatsu
  • Homeopathy
  • Tai Chi
  • Iridology
  • Yoga

From April 1st, 2019, the above therapies are longer funded under health insurance policies that are government-subsidised. While individuals will still be free to access these services, they are no longer able to claim benefits from their insurer.

The International Institute for Complementary Therapists believes that these cuts are misguided and damaging to the proven, powerful health benefits of holistic and natural therapies, and will prove harmful to the natural therapy industry. It is our sincere hope that the government reconsiders this decision in the future and again treats these natural therapies as effective, legitimate treatments that evidence has proved them to be.

For any affected customers or practitioners that have relied on these insurance rebates and who now worry for their financial security, IICT is ready and willing to help ease that burden. Such benefits include (but are not limited to);

  • Lower prices than most competing professional associations
  • No annual training requirements
  • No compulsory professional development conditions
  • No high registration fees
  • All modalities practiced covered under a single membership with an annual fee
  • Discount insurance
  • Membership starts from as little as $1 for students and $179 for qualified practitioners (+GST)

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