Stop the Federal Government from removing Feldenkrais from private health insurance

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The Australian Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on the 13th October 2017 that from 2019 private health insurance will no longer cover the Feldenkrais Method as well as a number of other natural therapies. 

The Feldenkrais Method has been a part of private health insurance extras cover since 2013 and this coverage has allowed a number of people who struggle financially but desperately need help to get the treatment they require.

As explained in the successful submission by the Australian Feldenkrais Guild to gain private health rebates (found here), the Feldenkrais Method is an effective, cost efficient and safe modality that should be included in Health Insurance rebate schemes. It is a leader in the field of individual health promotion and has broad application to the management of health-related conditions. Advances in the field of neuroscience are increasingly validating the Feldenkrais Method. A growing body of evidence spanning more than 30 years supports the benefits of the Feldenkrais Method.

The government is claiming that removing the Feldenkrais Method and other natural therapies will contribute to reducing private health insurance premium price increases, although no figures and evidence have been published or supplied by the government to show any savings or benefits to Australians.

In fact, when it comes to Feldenkrais, the complete opposite is true.  The Feldenkrais Method’s focus on promoting individual autonomy and responsibility results in individuals developing more efficient and effective ways of functioning in daily life.  This autonomy leads to less dependence on treatment modalities, especially in regards to ageing and long-term chronic conditions, thus reducing the health costs to the health care system and in particular, the cost of inappropriate long-term treatment regimes.

The Australian ethos is all about everyone being given a fair go, and yet with this decision, the Government is removing the Australian public’s ability to fairly choose the type of healthcare that is best suited to them.  It is also denying Feldenkrais practitioners’ the ability to fairly compete in a crowded marketplace, despite our practitioners’ focus on improving the quality of life of their clients, rather than making them dependent on their practitioner.

Your support is needed to reverse the decision by a short-sighted government who has lost focus on preventative healthcare and wellness maintenance for Australians.

For more information on the Feldenkrais Method and how it's made a difference to the lives of thousands of Australians, please visit our official website - https://www.feldenkrais.org.au/

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