Leading GP calls for rethink on rebates ban for yoga, pilates and naturopathy

16 natural therapies are no longer covered by private health insurance

Leading GP and MP Dr Kerryn Phelps is calling on the Federal Government to rethink its exclusion of five complementary therapies from the private health insurance rebate scheme.

The ban on rebates for 16 complementary therapies came into force on 1 April under new legislation.

The move aims to eliminate support for therapies for which there “is no clear evidence” of benefit.

The list is based on a review of the evidence for a range of natural therapies carried out by the NHMRC and published in 2015.

However, Dr Phelps wants yoga, pilates, naturopathy, tai chi and Western herbal medicine to be removed from the banned list, according to a tweet she sent out on 29 March.

She has written to Minister for Health Greg Hunt to overturn the restrictions on these therapies, saying it&nbsp