Swiss Government Study: Homeopathy is Most Cost Effective

The Swiss government has determined that homeopathy is the most cost effective method of the medical treatment of ‘ambulatory’ patients.

“From 1999 to 2005, 5 methods of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) applied by physicians were provisionally included into mandatory Swiss basic health insurance. Within this process, an evaluation of cost-effectiveness is required.”

Homeopathy was one of the five methods and it turns out that it is the most cost effective, more than conventional medicine or any other complimentary medicine. And patients reported better quality of the patient-physician relationship and fewer adverse side effects with all complimentary medical approaches.

The positive general conclusion of the study was: “This  study uses a health system perspective and demonstrates at least equal or better cost-effectiveness of complimentary and alternative medicine in the setting of Swiss ambulatory care. CAM can therefore be seen as a valid complement to conventional medicine within Swiss health care.”

The study “Comparison of swiss basic health insurance costs of complementary and conventional medicine” was published in PubMed.

7 Responses

  1. Very interesting! Any idea where I can get a copy of the report?

  2. Check out the Pubmed link.

  3. See also a Dutch Study by a Dutch Professor of Economics that shows that patients whose GP knows complimentary medicine have lower costs and live longer:

  4. Can I move to Switzerland? NOW!

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