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Should public health systems fund homeopathy?
The use of homeopathy, given its lack of scientific evidence, will undermine people's faith in the public health system.
There are already healthcare services funded by the government that
may be placebos
, or may be working but are not possible to validate scientifically, only through intuition.
A lack of confidence that public health resources are being used appropriately may lead people to stop supporting government health spending.
Some alternative medicines
and these are provided by public healthcare
. If homeopathy, which many believe is ineffective, is provided alongside these treatments it will undermine the public's faith in all these potentially beneficial alternatives.
It would also undermine the work of many investigators who proved the effectivity of proper treatments, which are now being compared to unproven claims.
The homeopathic lobby intentionally uses misinformation (e.g. scientific sounding words) to make public officials believe that homeopathy is an effective medicine. Institutions funded by tax payers should not fall for this.
Very few individuals keep track of the minutiae of public healthcare expenditure.
The people who would have the most awareness of homeopathy in public health systems are those who want it. They are likely to approve of its use.
Many individuals see homeopathy as a legitimate treatment option. Thus, if public healthcare systems provide homeopathy, they are reflecting public opinion and reinforcing the public's belief in the healthcare system.