miraDry to be covered under Medicare - only if Tony Abbot suffers from excessive underarm sweating

Dr Davin Lim
Laser Dermatologist

Unlike other countries, Australia does not take sweating seriously. We still don’t understand as one in twenty Australians suffer from this medical condition. Botox was approved by the UK under the NHS back in 2002- Dr Davin Lim started performing this procedure over 12 years ago in the UK.

In 2004, the FDA in the United States approved Botox to treat excessive underarm sweating, and insurance companies recognised this as a medical procedure and paid accordingly.

In 2012, Australia recognised the use of Botox for severe underarm sweating and followed up with a Medicare and PBS rebate. Yes, 10 years after the UK, and 8 years after the US.

Will miraDry ever be listed on the Medicare Rebate scheme, or recognised by Private Health insurance? Don’t hold your breath, because bets are that this procedure will not ever be covered by Medicare. In fact, Dr Davin Lim has asked Medicare to consider iontophoresis (for sweaty hands and feet) to be covered under Medicare, and the answer was a straightforward ‘no.’