It’s good news indeed that the Federal Budget is providing the chief medical officer with a million dollars to review what works and what doesn’t in the world of “natural” medicine. Professor Chris Baggoley will have one year to report his conclusions.
At the end of that time, says Health Minister Tanya Plibersek, “The Private Health Insurance Rebate will be paid for insurance products that cover natural therapy services only where the Chief Medical Officer finds there is clear evidence they are clinically effective.”
The government predicts it will save $30 million a year after the review.[…]the government is referring to modalities such as “homeopathy, Reiki, aromatherapy, iridology, ear candling, crystal therapy, flower essences, kinesiology and Rolfing.”
Tip: Tim Farley (@krelnik) via Twitter
Good news indeed! Hopefully this will send a strong messages to the public that these alternative medicine treatment usually never produce better results than placebo. And people might get more skeptical of such treatments if their insurance won’t cover it.
However, it seems there are some treatments that won’t be affected, such as chiropractic and acupuncture, apparently because they’re “mainstream” practices. Yet none of them show much in terms of results on medical effectiveness.
Nonetheless, the proposed bill, is definitely a step in the right direction.