Making the Most Out of Bonesetter and Osteopathic Clinics

When visiting a bonesetter or osteopathic clinic

Unlike medical treatments provided by a hospital or healthcare provider, some treatments offered by bonesetter or osteopathic clinics are and are not covered by health insurance.
Let’s learn about how to correctly communicate the cause of an injury and receive treatment by understanding the best way to visit a judotherapist when seeking care.

Treatment Covered and Not Covered by Health Insurance

Treatments Covered by Health Insurance

  • Fractures, dislocations, bruises, sprains and other clearly traumatic injuries (excluding ailments caused internally)
  • Fractures, incomplete fractures, and dislocations (requires the consent of a physician unless for emergency care)

Treatments Not Covered by Health Insurance = Medical Costs Fully Paid by Patient

  • Fatigue, stiff shoulders, or muscle sorenessdue to daily life
  • Muscle fatigue due to sports or other exercise
  • A slipped disk which should be treated by a physician
  • Chronic diseases such as aftereffects of brain diseases
  • Vague long-term treatments that do not show signs the symptoms are improving
  • Natural pain in areas even if caused by a break, sprain or other injury treated several years prior
  • Neuralgic muscle pain (rheumatism and joint inflammation)
  • Treatments for fractures or dislocations done without the consent of a physician

Points of Note When Visiting a Judotherapist

Accurately explain
the cause of an injury
Health insurance does not cover non-traumatic injuries or injuries caused by occupational accidents. Please also be sure to contact the HGST Health Insurance Association before seeking care for traffic accidents.
Extraneous treatments are
not covered by insurance
Do not ask for any extraneous treatments such as issues in another area of the body or those of a family member at the clinic with you. Extraneous treatments are not covered by insurance.
Always take and keep
your receipt
Please check the medical expense notice as well to make sure there are no errors after you receive your receipt. Please also be sure to always save your receipt because it is necessary for deducting medical expenses and other filing procedures.
Carefully check the Application for Payment of Medical Care Costs and
be sure to sign your name and stamp your seal
The Application for Payment of Medical Care Costs is a form for a patient to delegate billing of the HGST Health Insurance Association to the judotherapist. Signing or stamping a blank application form can lead to problems. Always carefully review the cause and name of an injury, the number of days, and the amount of medical costs before signing your name and stamping your seal.
Consult a physician for
any long-term treatments
Symptoms that do not heal over a long period of time during treatment may have an internal cause. Always undergo a medical examination.
No overlapping treatments
from a hospital
Health insurance will not cover medical costs for overlapping treatments from a orthopedic clinic and judotherapist. As a general rule, the patient is responsible for paying all of the expenses related to treatments from a judotherapist.
*Bonesetter, osteopathic, and orthopedic clinics are not the same.

Request from the HGST Health Insurance Association

The HGST Health Insurance Association often finds billing for treatments not covered by insurance as well as factious and inflated costs among invoices from bonesetter and osteopathic clinics.
To verify whether the billing information and actual treatments undergone by a patient match, the HGST Health Insurance Association may inquire by telephone or in writing for information such as the the date and details of treatment. We ask for your cooperation in these inquiries. In addition, we ask that you fill out the answer section on the health insurance inquiry sheet.

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