The federal government has passed legislation to remove natural therapy rebates, including shiatsu, from 1 April 2019.
Health funds do have an option to include natural therapies as an incentive. If you are a shiatsu client, please contact your health fund now to voice your support for keeping health fund benefits for shiatsu.
“Insurers can offer incentives to purchasers of private health insurance as long as the incentives meet the requirements of the Private Health Insurance (Complying Product) Rules. These incentives could include services provided by a natural therapist. It will be up to each insurer to decide whether to offer this type of incentive.”
Dept of Health website This is not just about rebates. The review, that the government's decision was based on, is flawed and limited. There is evidence that shiatsu is safe and effective.
Sign the Your Health Your Choice petition to register your support for natural therapies and the call for a Senate inquiry into the review.
Stand up for government integrity and your right to choice in healthcare.
I would like you to write, email or call your health fund now to voice your support for benefits for shiatsu. Private health funds listen to what their members want. Let them know.You are your best body of evidence and you now have the opportunity to reclaim responsibility for your health care.