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Appeal by NVO-chairman to Dutch health insurance companies for research in the Netherlands.
Osteopathic treatment leads to robust cost saving for German health insurance company.
Valkenswaard, February 10th 2015
Osteopathic treatment has shown to alleviate complaints and lower costs with respect to medication, materials, medicine costs and hospital expenses per patient with approximately 50 percent.
This has been found in a study performed from 2012 to 2014, by the German health insurance company BKK Advita. The Dutch Association of Osteopathy (NVO) considers this study as a confirmation of its own experiences, and therefore calls for such (cost-)efficiency studies in the Netherlands, performed by Dutch health insurance companies.
The German health insurance company BKK Advita monitored the declaration process of 780 customers, who were treated by an osteopath between 2012 and 2014. For each patient, the study period commenced 6 months before start of the treatment, and ended 6 months after the stop of the treatment. After analysing the results of the study, it appeared that the average costs per patient on the level of medication, materials and hospitalisation had decreased approximately 45 percent as compared to the years before.