Private Healthcare Australia (PHA) Dismisses NHMRC Report

PHA hits out at Health Council over homeopathy report

18th March 2015
Private Healthcare Australia (PHA) has dismissed a government report that suggests homeopathy is a waste of time and health insurers should not pay for the alternative treatment.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) says there is “no good-quality evidence to support the claim homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions” [see following article].

But the health insurance industry’s peak body says the research council should instead focus on doctors’ compliance with clinical guidelines.

PHA CEO Michael Armitage told Life+Health that private health funds paid out more than $2 billion for medical services last year, compared with just $171.5 million for natural therapies including homeopathy.

“The NHMRC should urgently tackle this $2 billion elephant in the room,” Dr Armitage said.