German health insurers urged to end homeopathy refunds
The head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV), which represents 150,000 doctors and psychotherapists in Germany, said on Thursday that health insurance companies should not fund homeopathic services.
“There is insufficient scientific evidence for the efficacy of homeopathic procedures,” Andreas Gassen told daily Rheinische Post. “If people want homeopathic remedies, they should have them — but not at the expense of the community.”
There are about 7,000 homeopathic doctors registered in Germany who practice a system based on the belief that the body can cure itself, using minute amounts of natural substances, like plants and minerals, to stimulate the healing process.