From Universal Medicine: A statement in response to Jane Hansen’s latest article in the Sunday Telegraph and subsequent report on Channel 9

Universal Medicine Media Statement

In relation to the recent article by Jane Hansen printed in the Sunday Telegraph entitled "Doctor sent woman for two years of new age healing in a galaxy far, far away for a cough – costing her $35,000" and a subsequent news report on Channel 9 with the title "Woman with cough billed $35k by 'esoteric healers'", Universal Medicine issues the following statement and corrections.

The patient, Ira McLure referenced and quoted in both news reports:

  • Never attended the Universal Medicine clinic or dealt with any practitioner there – at any time.
  • Never paid any money at all to Universal Medicine, let alone the $35,000 referred to in the article. At $70 per one hour session, that would amount to 5 sessions per week for almost two years, yet there is no record of even one session being given by one of Universal Medicine’s complementary therapists.

Despite the assertion in the article by Jane Hansen that Universal Medicine provided no comment, there was never any comment sought. In this regard there is a fundamental breach of journalistic standards to present a fair and balanced view.

Channel 9 repeated the story - as the Channel 9 spokesperson stated that “Universal Medicine did not provide comment” and no comment was sought by Channel 9, we can only surmise that the compiler of the story basically rehashed the same allegations and inferences of the print article, thereby lending the original more credibility by repeating the claims in a different medium. Whether a connection exists between these reporters is perhaps a matter for further investigation as it appears that it is simply a plagiarised version of the original, containing no new information, actually making the inferences made by Ms Hansen into a more farcical account.

The Channel 9 report asserts that Ms McClure received medical diagnosis from Universal Medicine, including the ludicrous suggestion that Universal Medicine “misdiagnosed her, mistakenly added her name to the lung transplant list, and prescribed her unnecessary chemotherapy drugs”. Universal Medicine is a complementary therapy practice; it does not offer medical treatments or diagnosis, thus Ms McClure:

  • Did not receive a medical treatment from a Universal Medicine practitioner at the clinic, nor did she receive any complementary treatment.
  • Did not receive any diagnosis from Universal Medicine. No medical diagnosis is ever provided by Universal Medicine.
  • Was not mistakenly placed on a ‘lung transplant list’ or wrongly prescribed chemotherapy drugs; this is patently impossible as Universal Medicine is not a medical practice.

Channel 9 made the even more spurious claim (citing the Sydney Morning Herald) that “patients of Universal Medicine” could “claim back two thirds of their treatment through Medicare”. This is completely false, although the compiler of the report did not ask for such claims to be verified. Thus Ms McLure:

  • Did not make co-payments to Universal Medicine as this practice does NOT receive medical rebates. This business is not Medicare registered thus the treatments are not claimable.

It appears that Ms McClure is none too clear about the facts surrounding her treatment. Channel 9 report that “Ms McClure has now reported the group to the Health Care Complaints Commission on the grounds that they misdiagnosed her, mistakenly added her name to the lung transplant list, and prescribed her unnecessary chemotherapy drugs.” Her statement that she has made a complaint to the HCCC about these matters against Universal Medicine is extraordinary as the allegations that she raises simply did not occur.

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