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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.
Fruzsina was a passionate and colourful person, truly a living rainbow, who made our shared work happier and warmer.
She has our deepest gratitude for all she has done for homeopathy in general, and for ECH in particular, during the past thirteen years.
Fruzsina was a passionate pharmacist, researcher, teacher, translator and entrepreneur.
In her last months she was hardly able to work, which – as she wrote - was “not only financially, but especially mentally not easy”. She was a tireless worker.
Fruzsina Gábor studied pharmacy at the Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest and completed her PhD in the field of photobiology. In 1995 she started to study, and later taught, homeopathy. She organised the homeopathic department of a retail pharmacy which became the most important homeopathic pharmacy in Hungary. For 6 years she served on the board of the Hungarian Homeopathic Medical Association and became member of the scientific committee of the 55th LMHI Congress in 2000. Fruzsina translated and edited various homeopathic books, such as the Hungarian edition of the Complete Repertory.
Since 2001 Fruszina Gábor had been a member of the ECH subcommittee for pharmacy and in 2012 she was elected as its new coordinator, joining the new ECH council. From 2010 to 2013 she also served as LMHI Secretary for Pharmacy.
She promoted interdisciplinary cooperation with the other ECH subcommittees to discuss the importance of communication between patients and homeopathic pharmacists, the creation of an educational standard in homeopathic pharmacy, research activities on the action of homeopathic medicines and the relevance of trituration provings.
Although already very ill and weak, her last and very successful work was to complete all ECH responses to the HMPWG consultations, gathering the pharmacists' group with her for this purpose. This tremendous work contributed to making ECH a reliable partner for this European agency.
The symposium on “The Homeopathic Remedy” during the ECH autumn 2013 meeting in Barcelona was her last presentation and, for most of us, the last time we saw her personally.
On the 27 May 2014 she wrote:
“Next week I go home from hospital and try to work one hour per day so please keep me informed. HUGS”.
There was no email which was not finished without these ‘HUGS’, this warm, written gesture which came straight from her heart. With big HUGS, a lot of love and a lot of roses, we say goodbye.
Dr Thomas Peinbauer
The Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) recently released its response to Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) 'Overview Report' on the evidence base for homeopathy. The full text is available here.
Click here for the HRI submission to public consultation for the NHMRC draft Information Paper on homeopathy.
Download the summary report here.
More information is available on the ECHAMP website at www.echamp.eu/publications/special-reports/availability-report.