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Australia ends insurance subsidies for naturopathy, homeopathy, and more

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Posted 23 October 2017

The Australian government has eliminated the insurance subsidy for 17 alternative health practices due to a lack of evidence for efficacy.

An article by Scott Gavura, published in Science Based Medicine, makes the following points (extracts):

Public health care systems face criticism when they spend money on treatments that don’t work. With ageing populations and the rising cost of treatments, there’s more and more scrutiny of what these programs pay for. One of the most effective ways that insurance programs can reduce the use of a health service or treatment is to simply stop paying for it. But this is relatively uncommon, because once a benefit’s in place, there tends to be a lot of resistance to change – even if the move was wrongheaded to begin with. That’s one of the (many) reasons this blog has been critical of permitting the licensing of alternative-to-health Read the rest

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Olympic Endorsements of Pseudoscience – “cupping”

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Posted 15 August 2016

If you’ve been watching the Olympics, along with looking on in awe at the athletes’ almost superhuman feats, you might also be looking on in confusion at a lot of large, circular bruises adorning some of the athletes’ bodies. Those marks are from an alt-med practice known as “cupping,” in which the flow of ones’ vital life force is somehow corrected by means of the suction of heated glass bowls applied to the skin. Not only does this practice have no medical or scientific basis, but it can be quite dangerous, causing burns and infections.

In some of the coverage during the run-up to the games, some athletes have been extolling what they see as the benefits of other pseudoscientific treatments such as homeopathy, acupuncture, and the proud display of kinesiology tape.

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“Natural therapies” panned in Australia

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Posted 02 December 2015

An Australian Department of Health review of 17 “natural” modalities could result in their exclusion from the partial subsidy Australians receive through their government’s private health insurance rebate. The 188-page Review of the Australian Government Rebate on Natural Therapies for Private Health Insurance covers Alexander technique, aromatherapy, ayurveda, Bowen therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, herbalism/Western herbalism, homeopathy, iridology, kinesiology, massage therapy (including deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, myotherapy, remedial, shiatsu, sports therapy, Swedish, Thai, and therapeutic), naturopathy, Pilates, reflexology, Rolfing, tai chi, and yoga. In 2012, the Health Minister announced that the Private Health Insurance Rebate will be paid for insurance products that cover natural therapy services “only where the Chief Medical Officer finds clear evidence they are clinically effective.” The review concluded that “Such clear evidence has not been found.” However, the current Health Minister has expressed doubts about dropping the rebate on these services. … Read the rest

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