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Patients may need health insurance for homeopathic treatments

Published on 02/03/2010
More UK residents could be tempted to take up a health insurance plan if the government decides it will no longer pay for people's homeopathic treatments.

According to one expert, patients who want to use the alternative form of treatment, which consists of diluted remedies that are believed to cause effects similar to the symptoms being suffered, should pay for it themselves.

Last week, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published a report recommending that the government should no longer fund homeopathic treatments on the NHS.

Speaking to the Sun, following their decision, Edzard Ernst, professor of alternative medicine at Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, said: "If patients want to spend their own money on homeopathy that's fine. But no more public money should be wasted on it."

He criticised the validity of research showing clinical improvements in patients taking homeopathic remedies, adding that most are so diluted that traces of the original substance no longer remain.

However, Cristal Sumner, of the British Homeopathic Association, told the newspaper that such treatments have been a part of the NHS since it was set up and are founded on the basis that "like cures like".

"I believe patients should retain their right to access homeopathy on the NHS," she added.
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