Health Funds and Kinesiology
From 1 April 2019, all Health Funds have ceased to provide benefits for Kinesiology services due to changes to Section 121-10 of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007:
From 1 April 2019 the following natural therapies will be excluded from the definition of private health insurance general treatment and will no longer receive the private health insurance rebate as part of a general treatment policy: Alexander technique, Aromatherapy, Bowen therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, Western herbalism, Homeopathy, Iridology, Kinesiology, Naturopathy, Pilates, Reflexology, Rolfing, Shiatsu, Tai chi, and Yoga.
Consumers will still be able to choose to access these natural therapies outside the private health insurance system.
Understanding Australian Health Funds
Rules have been made to exclude these natural therapies from the definition of general treatment under section 121-10 of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007. Insurers will then not be able to offer benefits for these therapies as part of a complying health insurance policy.
Insurers can offer incentives to purchasers of private health insurance as long as the incentives meet the requirements of the Private Health Insurance (Complying Product) Rules. These incentives could include services provided by a natural therapist. It will be up to each insurer to decide whether to offer this type of incentive.
AIK Ltd Provider Recognition with the following Health Funds:
Here is the list of health funds that covered Kinesiology until 30 March 2019 and recognized The Institute’s eligible Professional members as healthcare providers in Australia. New provider applications are no longer accepted and processed. Health Funds (excluding HBF) processed rebates for Kinesiology services until 30 March 2019.
The AIK Ltd does have a representative who attends the Natural Therapies Review Expert Advisory Panel | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care to support the reinstatement of Health Fund’s recognition for Kinesiology. This is an ongoing review for our industry.