The treatment by an osteopath with many years of qualified training, whose fees seem to be higher, is on balance the cheaper investment in your health.
I have 17 years of experience exclusively with osteopathy and know exactly where to start with my treatment and do it to the full extent. (Not like some therapists who only apply a partial segment that he has learned in a weekend training).
The classical osteopathy training takes 4-5 years part-time (with approx. 1300 hrs.) if you are already a doctor, non-medical practitioner or physiotherapist. In case of initial training 4-5 years full time. This means that osteopaths have an intensive training path behind them and have also completed it in a qualified manner. Osteopathic professional associations (e.g. the VOD, HPO) guarantee this high standard of training for their members, because these associations pay attention to regular further training. This way is connected with high training and further education costs.
Of course, there are now also weekend courses where doctors and therapists can learn individual osteopathic techniques. However, these are by no means a substitute for the intensive training period in osteopathy, as they are then always only fragments of an overall concept.
I would like to give you a little thought impulse here on the way:
Would you entrust your sick child to a first-year medical student? Even though you know that there are paediatricians who specialise in this?
For 17 years now, I have specialised exclusively in osteopathy and have been able to gain sufficient experience over these many years. I am a full member of two professional associations, regularly participate in annual professional training and charge my services at the maximum rate according to the fee schedule for non-medical practitioners, I do not differentiate between patients with health insurance or private patients.