Cost, Health Plans, and Insurers

How much does an osteopathy treatment cost? Do health plans and Insurers pay for osteopathy services?

The cost varies from clinic to clinic, and country to country. Most NAO graduates in North America and Europe charge anywhere from $80 to $140 per hour of osteopathic care. The highest fee charged by an NAO graduate is $300 US ($400 Canadian) by Thomas Andrew, a Canadian manual osteopath & registered massage therapist who practices manual osteopathy in the island of Bermuda.

Most private health insurers in Canada cover osteopathic care by NAO graduates who are members of an association that is accepted by insurers, such as the Canadian Alliance of Alternative Medicine (L’Alliance Canadienne de Médecine Alternative – ACMA), College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario (COMPO), College of Registered Manual Osteopaths (Canada), and others. It is worth checking with one’s insurance plan, as most extended health plan (EHP) providers pay an annual portion for osteopathy; which is approximately $300 to $500 per year in the province of Ontario (coverage varies as per each individual policy). Most employees of private and public sectors as well as most full time university and college students in the province of Ontario are covered for osteopathy treatments through their EHP providers.

Ontario auto insurers cover osteopathy treatments if patient is injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The maximum amount payable for osteopathic treatment by auto insurers in Ontario is $59.00 per session as set by Financial Service Commission of Ontario (FSCO).