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The Czech Republic press secretary of the Ministry of Health released information detailing the position of homeopathy and complementary medicine within the country. Pertaining to recent discussions, law No. 372/2011 Sb., which relates to health services and the conditions under which they can be provided, remains unchanged. This means that only trained practitioners are able to make diagnoses and provide therapy.
Although the Ministry for Health of the Czech Republic does not perceive the evidence base for homeopathy to be strong enough yet, this does not prevent doctors from utilising this if it is desired and appropriate. There is no intention to alter these conditions, as homeopathic treatment is moving towards standardisation at European level. The Czech Republic will await recommendations to use unified rules for the whole of Europe before taking action.
The way in which illnesses are dealt with are considered a personal decision and every patient has the right to seek out practitioners who are able to provide alternative therapy from their local health department office. However, the Ministry of Health as the office of a Civil Service cannot guarantee citizens’ access to forms of treatment lacking the level of scientific evidence which is deemed necessary.
This booklet, provided by the associations of CAM doctors, patients and practitioners, united in EUROCAM, provides information on the practice and availability of CAM across the European Union, and priorities for action to enable CAM to fulfil its potential to contribute to the healthcare of citizens all over Europe.
To download the document, or find out more information, follow this link.
A conference titled "Biology in the Light of Physical Theories: New Frontiers in Medicine" will take place at UNESCO headquarters, Paris, on 8 October 2014. The conference will be based on the "possible societal and medical implications of a new paradigm in biology: electromagnetic waves and their relationship to the properties of water". Invited speakers are Pr Luc Montagnier, Pr Guiseppe Vitiello, Pr Marc Henry, Pr Carlo Ventura and Pr Cedric Villani. The previous works of Pr Jacques Benveniste on memory of water will be addressed.
For full details of the conference, click this link.
A new 6-year comparative economic evaluation of healthcare costs and mortality rates of Dutch patients shows that those whose GP has additionally completed training in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have on average €192 (10.1%) lower annual total compulsory and supplementary healthcare costs than those with a conventional general practitioner. Patients from a CAM practice have neither longer or shorter lives than patients from a conventional practice.
The study analyses data on healthcare costs and mortality rates over the period 2006-2011 from the Dutch insurance company Agis. The data set contained 9126 GP practices: 9016 conventional and 110 CAM. The majority (64%) of the CAM GPs are anthroposophic GPs with others specialised in acupuncture or homeopathy.
The results of this study confirm there is sufficient good evidence to show that CAM can be cost-effective compared to conventional medicine; this should justify greater consideration of CAM by healthcare professionals and policy makers.
Baars EW, Kooreman P, ‘A 6-year comparative economic evaluation of healthcare costs and mortality rates of Dutch patients from conventional and CAM GPs’, BMJ Open 2014, 27 August 2014, 4:e005332 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005332
The full article can be viewed here.
Within the board, the Vice President, Karin Bandelin, and the Treasurer, Yves Faingnaert, are stepping down for personal reasons. From the council, we need replacement coordinators for the Pharmacy and Research subcommittees. Günter Lang, the coordinator for Research, is leaving for personal reasons and Fruzsina Gabor, the coordinator for Pharmacy, passed away this summer.
We know that there are many competent colleagues who would like to do some work for homeopathy in Europe and we welcome any candidacies from any European country. The requirements for these positions are given in the Annex.
Candidates should provide an application letter including their motivation, their Curriculum Vitae and a letter of recommendation from the national association of which they are a member, or from any other relevant organisation.
Please encourage your members or any other suitable candidate you know to submit an application to the ECH secretariat. The deadline is 20 October 2014. Click here for the application form.