You may be aware that the Department of Health’s private health insurance reforms for natural therapies will take effect from 1 April 2019. This means private health insurance rebates will no longer be available for a number of natural therapies. Physiotherapists will be the only practitioners who will be eligible to deliver exercises drawn from Pilates within their scope of practice and be eligible for Private Health Insurance rebates.
You are still covered for classes at CHPR when they are conducted by a qualified physiotherapist and you can still claim on your Private Health Insurance as usual.
If you previously claimed private health insurance extras for Pilates classes, you will still be eligible to make a claim for services provided by Physiotherapists at CHPR and nothing will change in that regard.
What will change?
The new rules mean that some wording has to change on receipts and how our classes are described online in MBO and our website, these will now be referred to as Clinical Exercise Classes. The new rules also make it mandatory for you to have your program reviewed regularly by your physiotherapist. It is essential that you make an individual appointment to have your personal program and goals reviewed at least once every 12 months or sooner as guided by your physio. It is also essential that initial individual assessments are done and programs are designed and taught thoroughly before joining a class or rejoining after a long break or for a new problem.
Not all Private Health Insurers are adopting all the new rules. The reforms can be confusing, and we hope this helps explain the changes and how they may affect you. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us at CHPR.
The team at CHPR