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    Question The government will crack down on taxpayers' funds being used to subsidise ''natural

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    If you love natural therapies…

    No more freebie crystal therapy or flower essences I'm afraid.

    The government will crack down on taxpayers' funds being used to subsidise ''natural therapy'' services which do not present clear evidence they are clinically effective.

    Services that are will be ineligible for the health insurance rebate include naturopathy, aromatherapy, ear candling, crystal therapy, flower essences, homeopathy, iridology, kinesiology, reiki and rolfing.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/money/fe...-1226350235644

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    I can't open that link but if it's private health insurance, how is it funded by the govt? Unless they mean through the PHI tax rebate???

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    WTF is rolfing?

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    I'm not 100% sure . That's why I'm hoping someone might have seen more info.

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    Good. A lot of those are BS with peer reviewed evidence that they are ineffective. I would much rather the money be channelled into therapies with proven results.

    Here is the news.

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    Fair enough. I didn't realise they were claimable "medicines"

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    Okay so I'm sure the Govt knows more about this than little old me, but can someone explain it to me? PHI companies pay out $90M a year in natural therapy rebates, of which some (most??)is for evidence based therapies such as Chiro, Osteo, acupuncture etc. How is this coming from the tax-payers pocket? The only link I can see is that tax payers help fund the rebate for PHI at tax time (which is now means tested)??? The only way it'll save tax payers money is if less people take out PHI, won't it? It seems like it'll just save PHI companies money in rebates.

    And I am very surprised naturopathy has no evidence backing it up, it has definitely worked for me!


 

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