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COMPO Issues Public Safety Warning to Osteopathic Patients & Insurers
College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario (COMPO) encourages patients to receive osteopathic treatments only from those osteopathic manual practitioners who are COMPO members to ensure they receive safe effective treatments.
Patients and insurers should be aware that the term “osteopathy”
However the vast majority of practitioners using osteopathic techniques in Ontario are osteopathic manual practitioners (also known as manual osteopaths or European style osteopaths). Currently over 700 OMPs practice in Ontario, with over 500 being COMPO members. OMPs use hands-on treatments without the use of surgery or medications.
The College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario (COMPO) is the self governing body established by the osteopathic manual practice profession to regulate osteopathic manual practitioners (OMP) in Ontario in the public interest. COMPO is not a regulatory college as defined by Regulated Health Professions Act as the profession is not a regulated health profession yet in Ontario. Membership in COMPO is voluntary.
COMPO has produced the first manual osteopathic fee guideline; which currently recommends $80 per hour of osteopathic treatment. To become a COMPO member; an osteopathic manual practitioner must have graduated from a manual osteopathic college that offers a World Health Organization (WHO) compliant education as well as passing the written and practical board exams that COMPO administers twice per year, and adhere to the COMPO code of ethics.
Insurers are encouraged to adopt the COMPO fee guideline to assure manual osteopathic treatments remain affordable to all Ontarians even without extended health plan coverage.
Jay David, DOMP