GMHBA has announced its members experiencing pain in self-isolation now have access to telehealth physio services with no out-of-pocket expenses.
According to GMHBA general manager of private health insurance, Tony Hall, “I am delighted to announce that GMHBA has partnered with Kieser to help our members get healthier at home. GMHBA members now have access to an integrated physiotherapy, rehabilitation and strength training program and a free Kieser Konnect app for tailored exercises.
“Access to quality healthcare like physio, is more important than ever during isolation. We have partnered with Kieser to provide relief to those who need it most with no out of pocket costs. Whether you’re experiencing some form of back or joint pain, or even recovering from surgery, you can get the support and advice needed in the comfort of your own home.”
GMHBA said all its members now have free access to the Kieser app. The app has over 25 different accredited strength and conditioning exercise programs that can be tailored to an individual's health and fitness level. Its members can also participate in a specialised strength and conditioning program at home following a telehealth consultation with a Kieser physiotherapist.
Eligible members living with the pain of chronic long-term musculoskeletal conditions can also access the GMHBA with Kieser clinical program.
GMHBA said the program offers up to six specialised physiotherapy sessions with no out of pockets costs. The sessions are delivered face-to-face or through telehealth.
Kieser is a leading provider of integrated physiotherapy, rehabilitation and strength training programs. It has an Australia-wide network of 270 health professionals in Australia.
“GMHBA’s progressive approach to private health insurance is providing an amazing opportunity for their members during this pandemic,” said Kieser Australia CEO and physiotherapist Brett Long.
“Helping Australian’s stay physically active during this pandemic has been our priority from day 1 – having the support of GMHBA breaks down the barriers of access for so many people – like the 51% of Australians have chronic disease who will benefit for physiotherapy and exercise.”
GMHBA has previously run pilot Kieser programs. A trial conducted in 2018 involved 103 participants with a diagnosis of hip or knee osteoarthritis who had joint replacement surgery planned. They undertook a three-month Kieser training program funded by GMHBA. Thirteen months after the completion of this program, only twelve surgeries were completed and 73 per cent of participants had no plans for surgery.
According to GMHBA's Tony Hall, “Giving our members the opportunity to take part in innovative physiotherapy programs such as the Kieser partnership is one way we can offer additional value. I am also pleased to announce today that GMHBA is now funding a broad range of telehealth services to support our members be healthier at home.
“As a not for profit health fund, our aim is to ensure our members get the right treatment, in the right place and at the right time. We’re passionate about being part of the health journey of our members and working alongside them to improve their health outcomes. That is even more important during a pandemic with the challenge of gaining access to much needed care.”