Private Health Care reforms 2019 – Are your favourite therapies affected?

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Private Health Care reforms 2019 – Are your favourite therapies affected?

In April 2019 widespread health insurance reforms will come into effect. However many are unaware of how it will affect them and their favourite therapies. Many of there reforms were aimed at making health insurance simpler for the consumer.

For example consumers will be able to choose higher excesses to lower the premiums they pay. The maximum permitted excesses for private hospital insurance will rise from $500 to $750 for singles and from $1000 to $1500 for couples and families (2).

However these changes have created a lot of confusion in the health world of which therapies will be covered and which will be excluded. Therapies not affected by these reforms include;

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Myotherapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercise physiology
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Remedial Massage

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Is Acupuncture be covered by private health insurance? Yes, and it will continue to be

Is Acupuncture preformed by an Acupuncturist covered by medicare? No

Is Chinese Medicine covered by private health insurance? Many policies will cover the consultation, but not the prescribed medicinals


Is Chiropractic be covered by private health insurance? Yes

Is Chiropractic covered by medicare? Yes in some cases, but requires a referral from your GP

Myotherapy & Remedial Massage

Is Remedial massage covered by private health insurance? Yes, some forms of massage such as Bowen, Shiatsu, and Rolfing will no longer be covered

Is Remedial massage covered by medicare? No

The natural therapies no longer covered;

The 16 natural therapies that will no longer be eligible for private health fund rebates include;

  • Alexander Technique
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bowen therapy
  • Buteyko therapy
  • Feldenkrais
  • Herbalism
  • Homeopathy
  • Iridology
  • Kinesiology

  • Massage therapy
  • Naturopathy
  • Pilates
  • Reflexology
  • Rolfing
  • Shiatsu
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga

All of the modalities offered at Balanced Life Health Care will be still eligible for private heath rebates including Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Myotherapy & Remedial massage.

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About the author

Lauren Lanzoni
Lauren Lanzoni is the Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and owner of Balanced Life Health Care. To find out more about Lauren click here and to make an appointment to see Lauren at her clinic in Ferntree Gully click here
  • Irene
    Posted at 00:00h, 06 March

    One cannot group. Naturopathy with reflexology or other modalities as it’s means a person has studied A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE for goodness sake, same as a chiropractor osteopath etc etc. clearly the medical profession is fearful of natural remedies, this is about x troll and wanting us to use things like Caltrain, Osteo in Lipitor antidepressant pain medicines all controlled by drug companies and doctors. It’s a disgrace
    Why didn’t all the therapists band together to protect naturopaths I don’t understand this.

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