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Health insurance spending on osteopathy increased threefold
Statutory health insurance companies are spending more and more money on alternative forms of treatment for osteopathy. According to a radio report from "NDR INFO", the option of paying for health insurance would also "attract more and more therapists who are insufficiently qualified".
Since 2012, a number of health insurance companies have been treating osteopaths. Osteopathy has been booming since the cost of treatment was taken on. According to the magazine, the till expenses tripled within a year. According to NDR Info, the expenditure was around 110 million euros. The authors refer to an evaluation that was presented by 60 health insurance companies in Germany. The most common indications for treatment are back pain or lower back pain.
"We can confirm the information and the trend," a spokeswoman for the Techniker Krankenkasse told dpa. In addition, the membership of professional osteopathic associations has doubled in the past three years.
Specialist medical associations have spoken out against the financing of the treatment method right from the start. A year ago, for example, it criticized that many providers can use the regulation even without sufficient qualifications. However, because demand from health insurers was high, they have financed the services in whole or in part since 2012.
Patients satisfied with osteopathy This offer was started in January 2012 at the Techniker Krankenkasse. It was the time of billions of surpluses. However, the fund would only reimburse the treatment costs on a pro rata basis if a qualification was assured, the spokeswoman said. The training to become an osteopath includes at least 1350 hours. So far there have been hardly any complaints. A recent survey showed that "the majority of the patients were very satisfied with the quality of treatment." According to the magazine, the main problem is that there are no uniform guidelines for training as an osteopath.
Gabi Prediger, chairwoman of the Federal Working Group on Osteopathy, sees the lack of training for some practitioners as "a risk to the patient". Nevertheless, the black and red federal government does not want to change anything in the current situation. The government refuses to "create a regulated job profile". This is also confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Health. "The federal government has no intention of changing anything," it said.
The basis for the development of osteopathy was the doctor Dr. Andrew Taylor Still about 125 years ago. He combined the mechanical treatment with the energetic form. It is not only the mechanical influence of the therapist, but also the thinking at the moment of treatment that recovery triggers the patient. The representatives of osteopathy assume that pain in one part of the body often has a cause in another part of the body. For example, the therapist can use one hand to remove blockages in the musculoskeletal system or the stomach and intestines. The treatments last between 30 and 60 minutes and cost between 60 and 120 euros. The term osteopath as a job title is not protected. Detlef Jäger: "Patients should roughly inform themselves about the therapist's training path before treatment in order to obtain clues to their qualifications". (sb)