CUTTING FLOWS: Natural therapies like kinesiology and aromatherapy will no longer be claimable under private health insurance when new rules come in to play.
CUTTING FLOWS: Natural therapies like kinesiology and aromatherapy will no longer be claimable under private health insurance when new rules come in to play. Geoff Potter

Warwick therapists worried over health insurance rules

NATURAL therapists in Warwick are worried changes to the the private health insurance rules will affect business and cut clients off from accessing services.

In April 2019, natural therapies including aromatherapy, kinesiology, naturopathy, Pilates, tai chi, and yoga will no longer be covered by private health insurance.

Warwick Kenesiologist Kerry Crossman said it was a shame the government didn't see the beneficial effects of the natural therapies, but thought those who really needed the help would come anyway.

"People who are dedicated to helping themselves and their health, they'll go to where they need to," she said.

Mrs Crossman said removing natural therapies from private health insurance could channel more people into the mainstream health system.

"That is what they want," she said.

"The whole idea is that they don't want this underlying thing, they want everyone to go into mainstream medicine.

"When there is something that gives people hope and opportunity to heal, they just seem to take it away.

 

CUTTING FLOWS: Natural therapies like kinesiology and aromatherapy will no longer be claimable under private health insurance when new rules come in to play.
CUTTING FLOWS: Natural therapies like kinesiology and aromatherapy will no longer be claimable under private health insurance when new rules come in to play. Damir Cudic

"Some people have been to doctors and specialists and have found no relief, and then they turn to natural therapies.

"Everyone out there is on anti-depressants these days and just trying to cope, and (these changes) are just keeping people on that same path."

Mrs Crossman said kinesiology was an alternative therapy that involved muscle testing to find places where the body's structural, chemical or emotional energy was blocked or imbalanced.

"We've all had traumas, stress, experiences and they all take a toll on the body," she said.

Mrs Crossman was concerned about the impact the new rules would have on Warwick's population.

"It's going to affect a lot of people who do use natural therapies."



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