Private Health Insurance Reforms – what are the changes in 2019?
You might have noticed recently there has been a lot of talk about changes to private health insurance funding for exercise classes. So we have put together a summary of what these changes are, and how they may affect your insurance rebates. These changes will take effect from the 1st April, 2019.
What’s it all about?
In 2018, the Federal Government announced its plans to make certain natural therapies ineligible for private health insurance (PHI) rebates. You may have noticed that Pilates was mentioned in these reforms. This means that as of 1st April 2019, any service called “Pilates” that is delivered for fitness or wellbeing will not be rebatable.The good news is, following lobbying from physio advocacy groups, the reform was modified to permit physiotherapists to continue to deliver rebatable exercise rehabilitation classes that draw from Pilates repertoire, amongst other styles of exercise therapy. At TRP how we deliver and manage our exercise rehabilitation classes already complies with the new PHI rules – we provide personalised and clinically relevant exercise therapy interventions to patients.
Are there changes to my classes?
You will need to undertake regular 1:1 reviews with your physiotherapist to ensure that your program remains relevant, effective and clinically justified. If you have achieved your goals (well done!), or are no longer working with a problem, then you may need to discuss your exercise options with your physio.
Our Friday morning 8am circuit classes will not be rebatable after 1st April 2019. At only $22 per session it is already great value!Classes at leaf+bird wellbeing will not be affected as they were not rebatable prior to the reform.
How do I ensure my classes are rebatable?
- Book in a 1:1 review with your physiotherapist before 30th April 2019
- Identify your key problem list
- Revise and set your goals – short and long term
- Give regular feedback tor your physio about your progress/issues
- Periodical 1:1 reviews must be conducted in order to evaluate the program and demonstrate ongoing change and improvements from your classes
- Ask us if you have any questions!
Can I still attend classes for fitness and wellbeing?
Yes, but you may not receive a rebate from your insurance company. Under the new reforms, exercise classes can only be funded if they are being used for therapeutic/clinical purposes. This means that you must have specific goals and reasons for attending, and exercises must be tailored to your individual needs. If you wish to attend for general fitness and wellbeing, then you can continue to and should consider privately funding your classes. You can buy a 10 x pack of classes for only $350.
At Thompsons Road Physiotherapy we have delivered cost-accessible high quality classes since we opened our exercise studio. Our classes are less expensive than many other physiotherapist-led options in the community, and provide a fantastic safe, supportive and evidence-based space to exercise in!