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Homeopathy Doctors are more expensive than conventional physicians

acupuncture needles against a cold, an herbal Supplement against kidney stones or Globules against the heartache – the complementary medicine in Swiss are very popular.

so Far, the country was a common opinion: alternative medicine may be controversial – cheaper than conventional medicine but it is all because. The Swiss Union of complementary medical doctors, organizations can certainly not have the opportunity to "compared to the other Doctors lower average costs of complementary medical Doctors".

Even the powerful health Director of the conference, does not believe the merger of cantonal health Directors, that the Swiss health care system is more expensive, just because the basic insurance also pays for complementary medicine.

25% of all Alternative medicine come from the Romandie or the Ticino. In the case of other primary care providers, it is 36 percent. In German-speaking Switzerland medicine complementary so popular in the Romandie and in Ticino.

But now, The claims about the allegedly more favourable complementary medicine: are false. This is evidenced by the new evaluation provided by the health insurance Association Santésuisse at Basel consulting office BSS in order. The devastating conclusion: The treatment costs of complementary physicians have per Patient, and even 22 percent higher than those of Doctors who have no alternative medicine to offer.

The complementary medicine, homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, anthroposophic medicine, as well as the Phythotherapie. Since 2012, these four treatments will be reimbursed in Switzerland the basic health insurance, unless they are prescribed by a physician with the appropriate skill card. In the summer of 2017, the Federal Council has confirmed the cost of acquisition now the model is for a perpetual term.

complementary medicine does not have to mean cheap

In the as yet unpublished analysis of Santésuisse but it is now hard to the court with the alternative healing methods: "The often heard principle "complementary to the same cost-effective" is in the statistical analysis clearly reflected", it is there. Complementary medical tariff positions would be made by the Doctors "in addition to all of the previous school medical services" and would therefore "cost-prohibitive".

So is it true that alternative medicine and accounting technical point of view, not as "alternative", but rather "more likely to be described as an additive".

36%, the proportion of women is in the alternative physicians. In the case of other primary care providers, 30 per cent. In the case of female Doctors, complementary medicine is more popular than the men.

the analysis of Lukas Brunner, the Director of performance audits at Santésuisse, and Boris Kaiser, project Manager at the office BSS have Created.

The authors were also able to demonstrate for the first time, that the cost of complementary medicine have made practitioners with the beginning of the reimbursement by the basic health insurance in 2012, a significant jump – not less than 8 percent.

The analysis was carried out over a Ten-year period from 2007 to 2016. Take into account the data from up to 10'000 Doctors. The vast majority of these medical practitioners, so utilities are Generally. Approximately ten percent of the offer in addition to the school of medicine also alternative therapies.

Alternative medicine to refer to 13-years-old, study

there is little joy pushes the Santésuisse evaluation for the Union of Complementary medicine. To take the analysis to the knowledge, said President Gisela Etter, herself a Doctor and a Homeopath. However, it should be noted that with the results "the cost neutrality of the complementary medicine can be rebutted". In addition, the performance audit was only "a little significance" because indirect parameters would be used instead of the correct disease diagnosis.

The complementary medical Doctors Union instead refers to a study that is 13 years old. These show that primary care providers who used complementary and alternative medicine, more chronically ill and also severe ill patients would be treated as pure academic physician. Nevertheless, the complementary physicians would have more favorable practice, and the cost of medication.

22% higher, the cost of treatment from complementary practitioners per Patient in comparison with their colleagues in the school of medicine.

However, these effects were eliminated in the new analysis of Santésuisse. Differences in the structure and situation of Patients with respect to age, gender, deductible, and chronic diseases had been excluded, it is called.

In a similar composition of patients, physicians, on average, have been Complementary, therefore, "significantly higher costs in the basic insurance medicine". Accordingly, the Alternative medicine would be "in the performance audit more frequently than be uneconomical or statistically noticeable."

Whether or not the Doctors will have to reckon with consequences, is cost open

what is the total of what is causing the complementary and alternative medicine in the Swiss healthcare system, can only be estimated – it is assumed that annually at least 50 million Swiss francs. This includes those costs that are borne by the additional insurance, so in the end, not all of the premium payer burden are included.

Whether the results from the analysis for the more expensive complementary medical Doctors will have consequences, is still open. A spokesman from Santésuisse says only: "We take the results of interested note."

(Sunday newspaper)

Created: 16.12.2018, 07:47 PM

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