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Should public health systems fund homeopathy?
Public health care systems should cover the costs of homeopathic treatment.
Homeopathic treatments could be used more safely within the public health system.
Funding homeopathy would encourage people to use the public health system.
There are mechanisms by which homeopathic treatments may work for certain conditions.
Most homeopathic remedies are well established so cannot be patented. This means there's little commercial interest in trialling or producing them, so public funding is necessary to build up evidence and maintain quality.
Consumers within public health systems should be empowered to make their own choices about their treatment.
Public health systems should not fund treatments that have been
not to work
or have any predictable effect.
Government funding would give homeopathic treatments unwarranted legitimacy.
Funding homeopathic treatments would be too expensive for public health systems.
that homeopathy is mainly used by the middle class and it’s not in high demand by the majority of public service users. To be effective, it requires an entire lifestyle change and this is just not feasible for most people.
The use of homeopathy, given its lack of scientific evidence, will undermine people's faith in the public health system.
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