On 17 May 2009 the Swiss people voted in favour of a constitutional article for complementary medicine in a national vote. Sixty Seven percent of voters supported the new constitutional article.
Federal constitution Art. 118a BV (new):
The Federal government and cantons shall ensure that, within the scope of their jurisdiction, complementary
medicine is taken into consideration.
Definite need for action
On this constitutional basis, parliament and the authorities have to implement the following requirements:
1. Admission of doctors of complementary medicine in the fields of anthroposophical medicine, homeopathy,
neural therapy, phytotherapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into obligatory health insurance. 2.
Creation of national diplomas for non-medical therapists. 3. Integration of complementary medicine into
teaching and research. 4. Safeguarding of proven remedies.