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Should public health systems fund homeopathy?
Government funding would give homeopathic treatments unwarranted legitimacy.
When people have to pay for homeopathy themselves they are more likely to do their own investigating into the evidence for its efficacy. If it's free they are less likely to do this, and thus homeopathy will receive less scrutiny.
Funding homeopathic treatments would legitimise quackery and encourage people to not think critically about medicine.
Government funding for homeopathy would make pharmaceutical companies invest more in homeopathy, thus would cut valuable research money from more pressing and legitimate research.
If homeopathic treatments were presented as legitimate or alternative treatments then many consumers will believe they are equivalent, which they are not. A patient using homeopathy instead of scientific treatment loses valuable time and allows the disease to progress, thus
their health and life.
If homeopathy is provided within the context of a public healthcare system, patients can be given accurate information about its likely benefits which would have the opposite effect.
Despite moves by the medical and scientific professions homeopathy has a rapidly
. Shutting off Government support doesn't appear to harm its perceived legitimacy by consumers.