Today, the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced a series of reforms to private health insurance; http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-hunt106.htm. Included in this announcement is the proposed removal of private health insurance providing rebates for natural therapies including herbalism and naturopathy from 2019.
This announcement comes after a recent Review by the former Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer on Private Health Insurance for Natural Therapies.
The NHAA exists to support Western Herbal Medicine and Naturopathy practitioners and is strongly against the proposed reform. The NHAA is providing a response to the Minister for Health and is working closely with stakeholders to support a united front on this matter.
As this announcement is breaking news the NHAA is in communication with Government and stakeholders to better understand the detail of these proposed changes. We will provide further updates on this matter.