Heather McLeod

Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Integration of TM/CAM in Health Insurance

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CAM included in basic health insurance in Switzerland

"Anthroposophic medicine, classic homoeopathy, neural therapy, phytotherapy and traditional Chinese medicine will be paid for via the compulsory health insurance in Switzerland from 2012. This decision was taken by Health Minister Didier Burkhalter on 13 January 2011.

The methods will be included for a limited period of six years. During this period the scientific evidence of their effectiveness, appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of the five methods must be updated. The decision was taken on the basis of the provision in the Swiss Constitution for Complementary Medicine which was passed by 67 percent of Switzerland’s voters on 17 June 2009."