On 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, 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 Australian Tradional Medince Society (ATMS) in support of natural medicine and our practitioners by contacting your local Member for Parliament. We all have a vote, and we vote for Natural Medicine! We invite consumers, practitioners and the industry to join 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!
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?
Follow this link http://www.atms.com.au/support-natural-medicine/ , download the letter, add your personal touch and send it to your local Member of Parliment.
I support Natural Medicine and I vote!