Some of my clients ask whether I offer rebates for private health members. The answer is yes, I do, but only for selected services. Here’s why:
Remedial Therapy (also known as Remedial Massage), which I’m trained in, IS covered for rebates by health funds (depending on your policy extras). However, I find its effectiveness is limited when used on its own. For this reason, I prefer to combine remedial techniques with emotional & energetic healing as necessary (eg. from Psychosomatic Therapy or Ka Huna traditions). If you have a session with me mainly to address a physical complaint, I will invoice it to you as Remedial Therapy – and the session will be at least 80% focused remedial work, with integrated emotional or energetic healing done at the same time as remedial techniques. This ensures it complies with health fund requirements. (For more information on Remedial Therapy, click here.)
Psychosomatics, Ka Huna and Other Modalities
Psychosomatic Therapy, Ka Huna Bodywork and the like aren’t covered by private health funds. Although they are highly effective forms of healing, Western medical science doesn’t currently understand how they work. So they’re not included as extras in members’ policies, along with a host of other complimentary modalities. However, many of my clients prefer to receive these kinds of therapies from me, because they find them more holistic and effective in treating the mind, emotions, body and spirit. This is purely a personal choice based on what you need at the time.
Why Can’t I Just Put Remedial on All Your Invoices?
I know some therapists will do a treatment in a modality that’s not eligible for rebates, and give you a receipt showing Remedial Massage or something else that you can claim. I don’t do that, simply because it would be out of integrity. Health funds regularly perform random audits on practitioners to deter this unethical behaviour. This ends up costing you more in increased premiums, as well as tarnishing the reputation of the complimentary health industry. What’s more, every few years the health funds and federal government have a crackdown on this very issue. This sometimes includes of review of whether certain natural health modalities will continue to be recognised at all.
Investing in Ourselves
Most importantly, I believe that if we’re too attached to getting something for less, it can feed an underlying belief in a lack of self-worth. In my experience, most people experience this to some degree at different stages. I think it’s better to affirm that whatever we pay is an investment in ourselves, and that we’re worth it (within reason of course). It’s up to you. If how much you value yourself lines up with my fees, then I encourage you to receive the full value and benefit of the treatment, physically, emotionally and psychologically.
If you have any questions about this, feel free to drop me a line.