Where Has Pilates Gone?
What is happening with Pilates and Private Health Insurance?
As part of the Australian Government’s recent changes to private health insurance, insurers will no longer be able to offer benefits for most natural therapies from 1 April 2019. This includes Pilates, which means no class or service with the name Pilates or advertised as such will be rebateable.
Will the class content stay the same?
We want to assure clients that our classes have always fulfilled the health fund requirements to be rebateable. That is, they are individualised, goal specific exercises with individual records kept. Our Clinical classes call on some (but not exclusively) Pilates based exercises and equipment, to provide the tailored programs prescribed by your treating Physiotherapist.
A minimum requirement of one annual assessment by a Physiotherapist via a consultation is also required by private health insurers. We also believe this is a minimum for the excellent standard of care you expect form Fitwise. Ideally, we would prefer 2-3 assessments per year to ensure your goals are being met in the most efficient way for you. If you are having ongoing consultations as part of your treatment, you do not need to make a separate assessment consultation, your treating physio will be able to discuss your goals and write your program from your treatment consultations. If you have not had an assessment in some time, a 'check-in' consultation will be required. If you are unsure, please speak to our staff.
What will be changing?
We will be changing the name of our Clinical Pilates services and classes to Clinical Physio Class to better reflect what we do and to satisfy health fund requirements for rebates. You will see this name change on our website, timetable and on the receipts you use to claim.
What if I have a pre-paid pack?
All classes attended until the 1st of April 2019 will still be claimable with the name ‘Pilates’ on them, all receipts after April 1st will state ‘Clinical Physio Class’ so you can continue to claim as normal.
We understand this change may be confusing, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to speak to one of our friendly staff members.
The Fitwise Team