Australia ends insurance subsidies for some alt health practices.

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Australia ends insurance subsidies for some alt health practices.

Post by bindeweede » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:20 pm

Australia has a comprehensive public healthcare system which is supplemented by private insurance to cover the cost of treatments and service that are not publicly funded. In 2012 the Australian government announced a review of “natural” treatments covered by these private insurance plans to determine if these therapies were effective, safe, and provided good value for money. While you might wonder why a government would care about what private insurance covers, it’s because the Australian government offers a rebate on insurance premiums, effectively subsidizing their cost. The review sought to determine if a variety of treatment were backed by good scientific evidence and deserved tax subsidies. The answer may not surprise you.
Just a couple I'd not come across before.

Buteyko is a Russian breathing technique claimed to be effective for asthma and other respiratory disorders, but with a lack of objective efficacy.

Feldenkrais is a gentle form of physical therapy lacking good evidence of efficacy.


https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/austra ... -and-more/

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Re: Australia ends insurance subsidies for some alt health practices.

Post by Tony.Williams » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:34 am

How very sensible. It'll never catch on...

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