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End of the cost assumption ?: Homeopathic remedies: assumption of costs remains controversial


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Berlin (dpa) - In the controversial reimbursement of homeopathic medicines is not yet a single line in political Berlin.

The question of whether the health insurances, the additional payment should be allowed in the future, even with leading health politicians in the Union parliamentary group is controversial. A spokeswoman for health minister Jens Spahn (CDU) left open whether a regulation based on the French model would be conceivable in Germany.

In France, the cost of homeopathic medicines from 2021 should no longer be reimbursed by the fund. Andreas Gassen, CEO of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Germany, also wishes that the health insurances in this country no longer finance homoeopathic services.

The Chairman of the Bundestag Health Committee, Erwin Rüddel (CDU), can imagine an end to the reimbursement ability. "It is difficult to communicate that costs for homeopathy are partially taken over, while elsewhere must be saved," he told the editorial network Germany.

His colleague Karin Maag, on the other hand, considers the takeover on the part of the insurers "justifiable". The spokeswoman for health of the Union faction said on Deutschlandfunk: "The one who rejects homeopathy for himself, who can easily find a fund that does not reimburse these drugs." Maag also referred to the low cost of health insurance: "We are talking about 0, 03 percent of the expenses. »

According to a report by the Federal Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry (BPI), the health insurances paid in 2017 only 10.5 million euros for homeopathic remedies. By contrast, total health insurance spending in that year was around € 39 billion. Homeopathic medicines are not an integral part of the service catalog. However, many health insurance companies reimburse treatment costs for natural remedies.

Bundestag members of the SPD and FDP are skeptical. The health spokeswoman for the SPD faction, Sabine Dittmar, emphasized that the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies was not proven. "I therefore see it critically that health insurance companies and thus the contributors to finance these funds." The Freidemokratin Christine Aschenberg-Dugnus added: "Anyone who advocates homeopathy, they should also be able to acquire - but on a self-pay basis."

The AfD parliamentarian Axel Gehrke considers a ban as in France, however unnecessary: ​​"Not the reimbursement of homeopathic funds burdened the insured, but the excessive bureaucracy in the German health system." Even Harald Weinberg on the left considers the debate for exaggerated. There are more important problems. The German Central Association of Homeopathic Doctors (DZVhÄ) expressly rejected Gassen's claim. Chair Michaela Geiger emphasized: "A ban on the reimbursement of homeopathic services would be a step towards a monoculture in medicine."

Source: zeit

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