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Fair go for complementary medicine, says senate committee

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The President of the National Herbalists Association of Australia, David McLeod, has welcomed the findings of a Senate Committee inquiry into the health aspects of the GST proposals.

The non-Govemment Senators have recommended that complementary medicines and services should enjoy the same GST-free status as orthodox medicines and services.

“This is no more than fair”, Mr McLeod said. “People who use our services, or who take vitamins or herbal supplements, do so for their health’s sake. Why should they be taxed while their fellow Australians, choosing more orthodox treatments, are not?”

“People using “alternative” health services or products still have to pay the Medicare levy, and taxes to support the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. But these schemes deliver no benefits to our patients.”

NHAA urges the Parliament to see the justice of what the Senate Committee has recommended, and to amend the GST legislation to provide fairness to all.

Further information: David McLeod (07) 3839 1077