Health Insurance Policies That Cover Massages

If you’re experiencing niggling pains and aches that are sticking around, it might be worth checking to see if your health insurance policy will allow you to claim a portion of the cost of a remedial massage treatment.

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What is a remedial massage?

A remedial massage is not the same as a regular massage. Remedial massages are deeper massages designed to treat people with injuries. Remedial massages are commonly used by those who have chronic muscle and joint pain, back injuries, migraines and more.

Health insurance policies that cover remedial massages

Remedial massages are covered under most health insurance extras policies (ancillary benefits).

The tables below display a snapshot of extras insurance policies that offer cover for remedial massages, sorted by star rating. The results shown are based on a couple in New South Wales born in 1980 with no pregnancy cover. These results only show a snapshot of the total market. To access policies tailored to your needs and circumstances, visit our health insurance comparison table:

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Extras policies for remedial massages

Results based on a couple in New South Wales born in 1980 with no pregnancy cover.

Hospital & extras for remedial massages

Results based on a couple in New South Wales born in 1980 with no pregnancy cover.

What are the benefits of a remedial massage?

Remedial massages are more prolonged and in-depth than regular massages and may help treat chronic ailments. According to Hands on Healthcare, remedial massages can help with the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ongoing tension, headaches and migraines
  • Tennis elbow
  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Mental alertness
  • Posture & immunity

Are remedial massages covered by Medicare?

No. The Australian Government offers a rebate for some natural therapies, but remedial massages aren’t one of them.

How do I make a claim if I’m covered?

If your health insurance policy covers remedial massage, you can generally make an on-the-spot claim at the time of your treatment by swiping your private health insurance membership card in the clinic’s electronic HICAPS machine. You’re then responsible for paying the gap between the cost of the service and the rebate amount. Alternatively, you can pay in full and send the receipt to your health fund later in person, online or by post.

It is worth noting that to make a claim your remedial massage practitioner must be recognised by your health fund. Also, once you meet the benefit limit set by your health insurance provider, you will need to cover your future remedial massage costs in full.

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