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Most health insurance companies paid for medical homeopathy
Health care services of homeopathy are not listed in the service catalog of the statutory health insurance companies. However, a majority of health insurance companies pay for homeopathic treatments. However, therapies are not paid for by naturopaths, most health insurers want the treatment to be carried out by licensed doctors who have completed a special additional qualification.
90 of 130 health insurance providers offer homeopathy
Homeopathy is not one of the compulsory health insurance benefits. Nevertheless, health insurance companies always advertise and take over. According to the German Central Association of Homeopathic Doctors (DZVhÄ), over 70 percent of health insurance companies in Germany now grant homeopathy to their insured. However, the therapies may only be carried out by specially trained medical professionals. "For health insurance companies, this is probably a marketing tool to differentiate yourself from the competition," presumes the chairwoman of the German Central Association of Homeopathic Doctors (DZVhÄ), Cornelia Bajic. Because the membership fees are graduated the same everywhere, which is why the health insurers want to differ from each other. Many patients want "homeopathic procedures as a supplement or even an alternative to conventional medicine." About 90 of the 130 health insurance companies currently undertake the "medical homeopathy" service. Another alternative area is osteopathy. Here too, more and more health insurers are offering such therapies.
Alternative practitioner excluded
Alternative practitioners see this development with suspicion. After all, their benefits are still not recognized by the health insurance companies. "Only those who go to a doctor who also offers homeopathy will be reimbursed the treatment costs," confirms a spokesman. In this context, the umbrella organization of health insurance companies emphasized that homeopathy "is not a mandatory standard service". However, the individual health insurance providers would have the option of concluding special contracts or offering so-called statutory benefits.
According to statements by the Central Association of Homeopathic Doctors, there are around 7,000 homeopathic doctors in Germany who have received a recognized additional homeopathic qualification after completing their medical school studies and specialist training.
Homeopathy is based on the principle of similarity
Homeopathy was founded by the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. Translated from Greek, homeopathy means "similar suffering" and is based on the principle of similarity. A widely used agent are the so-called globules, which consist of arnica, for example. In potency D6, the “sugar globules” are given to children with their knees open, for example, to stop the bleeding and to stimulate the healing process.
The Charité University Clinic is currently researching "the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of integrated care with classic homeopathy and conventional therapy" in collaboration with the Techniker Krankenkasse. To this end, a total of nine observational studies have been compared since 2007. Some of the subjects take part in standard therapies, for example for migraines or headaches, while others receive additional homeopathic medicines. The first results are expected this year. (sb)