Rebate review finds no case for 'natural therapies'

A review of 17 natural therapies, such as yoga and rolfing, has concluded that there is no reliable evidence to justify them attracting a rebate through private health insurance. 

Proponents of evidence-based medicine say the review, released on Monday, should trigger the Federal Government to stop subsidising annual rebates paid out to policy holders that totalled $42 million last year alone. 

But in a response Health Minister Sussan Ley says while she supports the theory of only paying for evidenced-based treatments, the findings will be "considered in the context of