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Alan Henness said on 17 February 2013

Note: this comment is split in two because of character limits. User748847 said on 16 February 2013: "To add to my previous comment in which I noted that the Swiss Health Technology Assessment found that homeopathy is as effective as conventional medicine, far safer and 15.4% less expensive, the HTA report also recommended that homeopathy be included in the Swiss national health insurance program which has been done. Today the governments of 20 countries recognize homeopathy as a system of medicine or medical specialty. Homeopathy is part of the national health care systems of 7 countries. It is in the best interests of people who want quality health care and governments coping with health care costs that any system of medicine that is safe, effective and inexpensive be supported by the government." Most of what you wrote is demonstrably wrong. The Swiss HTA was not an HTA and it was not published by the Swiss Government. In fact, the Swiss Government have stated that it was published 'without any consent of the Swiss government or administration'. [1] It was a report about homeopathy written by homeopaths and has been heavily criticised for its bias and lack of methodological robustness. [2] It was also heavily criticised by the Swiss Government commission set up to look into homeopathy (and other therapies). [3] However, the version published in English [4] was not even the original report: it was added to by the authors. But what is especially interesting that - as a DIRECT result of this report - the Swiss Government REMOVED homeopathy from their state health insurance reimbursement scheme. Many homeopaths did not like this and organised a petition to have it reinstated. The petition created a dilemma for Swiss Government because they are mandated to abide by referendum decisions, but they also have a duty to only reimburse treatments that are evidence-based. Continued...