Homeopathic Review: Reports from Medical Literature

Colas A, Danno K, Tabar C, Ehreth J., Duru G. Economic impact of homeopathic practice in general medicine in France. Health Economics Review (2015) 5:18 DOI 10.1186/s13561-015-0055-5. This study provided information on the health care economic impact of homeopathy in general medical practice in France. It demonstrated that the use of homeopathic remedies by a physician trained in the practice of homeopathy reduced health care costs by about 20 percent. This included the cost of a consultation and the cost of the medication.

The investigators used methodology designed to limit the bias often associated with epidemiological studies. They showed that, for Social Security, the costs related to management by homeopathic medical doctors were lower than those for medical doctors with a conventional practice without homeopathy. Consultations with a homeopathic medical doctor tended to last longer and reflected the fact that homeopathic medical doctors often treated patients with chronic disease.

Homeopathic medical doctors prescribed fewer medicines with known side effects such as antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and psychotropic medication. Homeopathic medical doctors are also less likely to prescribe antibiotics for children with chronic otitis. Patients overall had fewer infections, less complications, and a better quality of life. In Europe, other studies have confirmed this trend. (1) Another study showed that patients receiving homeopathic treatment lower costs when compared to patients receiving conventional treatment. (2) The impact of gender, age and quality of life (QOL) on medical costs need to be assessed in additional studies.

References

  1. Jain A. Does homeopathy reduce the cost of conventional drug prescribing? A study of comparative prescribing costs in general practice. Homeopathy. 2003;92:71–6.
  2. Witt C, Keil T, Dagmar S, Roll S, Vance R, Wegscheider K. Outcome and costs of homeopathic and conventional treatment strategies: a comparative cohort study in patients with chronic disorders. Compl Ther Med. 2005;13:79–86.
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