Emergency Services Health has never had a benefit structure for Pilates, either as a separate category or under our Complimentary Therapy category. Therefore, Pilates becoming an excluded natural therapy treatment from 1 April 2019 under the Government’s Private Health Insurance Reforms has had no effect on our existing benefit structure.
However, it’s important to clarify that under our Extras cover we do, and will continue to, provide Physiotherapy benefits to members visiting a physio who uses exercises or techniques drawn from Pilates as part of treatment - as long as the exercises or techniques are within the accepted scope of clinical practice. Benefits do not extend to instances where a physio (or any other health professional) conducts a Pilates session (either advertised or promoted as such) where the only service provided is Pilates exercises.
This distinction is self-assessed by your physio, who will bill differently depending on the service provided. So if in any doubt, talk to your physio before your treatment.