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Doctors doubt effectiveness: Spahn does not want to touch homeopathy on cash costs


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Berlin (dpa) - Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wants controversial cost transfers for homeopathic medicines by the health insurance do not touch.

He pointed out on Tuesday evening in Berlin at the "Berlin Salon" of the editorial network Germany on the fact that the statutory health insurance pays for drug expenditures of about 40 billion euros a year about 20 million for homeopathy. This can be discussed emotionally and at the same time many are offended. Or one could ask oneself whether it is worth considering the whole order of magnitude. He decided it was "so okay".

In France, homoeopathic medicines will no longer be reimbursed from 2021 onwards. Also in Germany is discussed about it. Those who want to have such means, they should receive, "but please not at the expense of solidarity," said the head of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), Andreas Gassen said. He pointed to insufficient scientific evidence of effectiveness.

Homeopathy is not part of the service catalog of the statutory health insurance. However, many health insurances reimburse treatment costs for natural remedies because there is a demand. This is also an instrument in competition.

Source: zeit

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