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Health insurance company starts model project: Osteopathy treatments are reimbursed.
The first statutory health insurance company launched the osteopathy pilot project on October 1st. The BKK of Thuringian Energy Supply (BKK ThEV) therefore reimburses its members in accordance with Section 63 (2) of the Fifth Social Code, the cost of osteopathy treatment in the course of five therapy sessions with an own contribution of ten percent. That should be a maximum of 30 euros and only applies to people over the age of 18.
However, the treating osteopathic therapist must be a member of the Osteopathen Deutschland e.V. (VOD). The VOD is the largest osteopathic association in Germany and only accepts therapists who have completed at least five years of osteopathy in Germany with at least 1,350 hours and who receive regular training. In addition to the VOD, the pilot project also accompanies the Institute for Prevention and Health Promotion at the University of Duisburg-Essen. According to the BKK ThEV, this scientific body is intended to demonstrate the effectiveness of osteopathy and to keep control over the fact that the paid treatments are only carried out by quality-assured therapists. Osteopathy is a concept that was founded over 100 years ago by the American doctor Arthur Taylor Still and in which tissue and tension qualities are felt and treated with the hands.
So far, osteopathy treatments have only been covered by supplementary insurance, the allowance or private health insurers (PKV). It is usually complaints of the musculoskeletal system, such as back pain, neck tension or shoulder pain, that are grounds for osteopathic treatments. In addition, there is the treatment of the organs by visceral osteopathy and the so-called craniosacral system, which are known to only a few people. In a recent study published by the German Medical Association, osteopathic procedures were examined and evaluated. (tf, October 18, 2010)