Budget crackdown on alternative therapy rebates welcomed

Friends of Medicine spokesperson and professor of gynaecology and obstetrics at the University of Adelaide Alastair MacLennan said the move - which could axe government subsidies for private insurance payouts covering treatments such as homeopathy, reiki, aromatherapy, ear candling and kinesiology - would speed up medical diagnosis and save patients money.

"While many such approaches may be harmless if useless, they all too often cause harm by delaying the development of an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan and can be very expensive," Professor MacLennan said.

According to news reports, Chief Medical

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