Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) and its member associations are extremely concerned about the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA’s) decision to implement tiered therapeutic pricing, as outlined in Recommendation 17 of the recently released McKinsey and Company Independent Pricing Review.
We are currently undertaking a range of activities in conjunction with our member associations to advocate for the urgent need to review this recommendation and the impact it will have on participants and providers.
It is our strong belief that the recommendations around tiered pricing are based on an incomplete understanding of both the support needs of people experiencing disability and the pricing of various accident compensation and insurance schemes around Australia. We have major concerns about the lack of consultation with allied health peak bodies and the decision to implement the recommendation nationally without first testing its impact on the marketplace. We believe that implementing the pricing tier by July 1st 2018 will result in an immediate negative impact on participant services and the provider marketplace.
AHPA and its members have undertaken a number of immediate activities in response to the pricing review. AHPA have written to NDIA CEO, Rob de Luca, as well as engaging with the NDIA Board requesting an immediate halt to the implementation process. We’ve also written to Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice, requesting her support of our efforts. We are currently engaging with other key government and non-government stakeholders to explain our concerns and to seek their support. In addition, each of our member associations active in the disability sector has undertaken their own advocacy activities.
It is our firm belief that greater consultation with the allied health sector is essential to ensure that changes to the NDIS do not result in unintended consequences for participants and the provider community that support them. If you are concerned about the impact of this change, please share your concerns about the changes with your local Member of Parliament.
If you would like to find out more about the recommendations made in the Independent Pricing Review, please visit: https://ndis.gov.au/providers/independent-pricing-review.html.