The Health News – 16 March 2017

Overview:
• CEOs of Health insurance were warned they could be summoned to appear before a Senate inquiry regarding the 5% rise in health insurance premium prices, which is 3 times the rate of inflation.

• David Bowen, CEO of the troubled National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), has announced his retirement. He has led the NDIS during its problem-plagued transition to full scheme since July last year.

• Two doctors who were previously diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) claim that the Jelinek Program cleared them of the symptoms of the disease. The Jelinek program consists of a strict regimen of exercise, meditation, low-fat diet and sun exposure to combat the condition.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-15/health-insurance-ceos-could-be-summoned-to-senate-inquiry/8357250

Health insurance bosses have been warned they could be summoned to appear before a Senate inquiry over the latest round of premium price rises.

Last month, the Government approved an almost 5 per cent rise in health insurance premiums — three times the rate of inflation and worth as much as $200 more a year to families.

A Senate inquiry into the sector is underway, but so far private health CEOs — some who earn more than $13 million a year — have declined an invitation to attend.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari has called for an investigation into the sector, saying the Senate has the power to summons [the] CEOs.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-15/national-disability-insurance-scheme-ceo-david-bowen-resignation/8356928

The inaugural CEO of the troubled National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has announced his retirement.

David Bowen has steered the NDIS since 2012, overseeing its three-year trial period and the beginning of its national rollout.

Chairwoman of the agency responsible for the NDIS, Helen Nugent, thanked Mr Bowen for his “excellent stewardship” during its early years.

“Mr Bowen has been instrumental not only in establishing the [agency], but also in ensuring the National Disability Insurance Scheme offers the best possible supports and services to its participants to truly change their lives for the better,” Dr Nugent said.

He has also led the NDIS during its problem-plagued transition to full scheme since July last year.

The ABC … exposed more dramas surrounding the rollout, including provider applications not being processed, training delays for critical staff and properties not being ready.

The latest revelations followed a much-publicised IT meltdown that saw payments to providers frozen and people with disabilities wait weeks for care packages to be approved.

The scheme is expected to cover 460,000 Australians by 2020 and cost $22 billion annually.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-15/multiple-sclerosis-doctors-back-unconventional-treatment/8355786

Two doctors who were previously diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) claim an unconventional treatment cleared them of the symptoms of the disease.

They are among a growing number of MS patients who have made big lifestyle changes as part of a program, devised by Melbourne professor George Jelinek, which they say eliminated the symptoms of the disease that threatened to end their careers.

Sam Gartland’s future looked bleak when he was diagnosed with a relapsing remitting form of MS.

His symptoms were so severe he had to quit his job as an intensive care doctor.

A decade later, Dr Gartland spends his mornings either kickboxing or surfing on the New South Wales central coast.

“I try and exercise every day,” he said.

“To the point where I’m sweating and my heart rate’s up.”

MS remains the most common disabling disease among young adults. Eighty per cent of those diagnosed will be forced out of full-time work within 10 years.

The Jelinek program consists of a strict regimen of exercise, meditation, low-fat diet and sun exposure to combat the condition.

Professor Jelinek devised his Overcoming MS (OMS) program after being diagnosed with MS himself in 1999.

It now has thousands of proponents worldwide and almost 20 years later, he remains symptom free.