Subsidies to tackle anorexia
THOUSANDS of Australians will get access to tailored Medicare-subsidised treatment for eating disorders under a plan to be unveiled today.
Prime Minster Scott Morrison and Health Minister Greg Hunt will announce a $115 million package aimed at tackling anorexia that they collectively have described as the deadliest mental health condition in the nation.
The subsidies could save sufferers up to $90,000 a year on their treatment.
The subsidies – worth $110 million over four years – will be complemented by $4 million to Australia’s National Research and Clinical Excellence Institute, which is dedicated to improving the lives of those with eating disorders.
Mr Morrison said the illness was one of the many concerns parents have for their children. “It can strike and tear apart any home as it tries to rob the life and spirit of those dear ones afflicted,” he said.
Under the plan, patients with severe and complex eating disorders will be able to access up to 40 psychological services a year, and up to 20 dietetic services from November 1 next year.
The system will be Australia’s first dedicated Medicare service for people suffering severe eating disorders.