After the physicians also specialist politicians of the grand coalition have decided to abolish the co-payments of health insurance for homeopathic remedies. “It is difficult to convey that costs for homeopathy are partially taken over, while elsewhere must be saved,” said the chairman of the Bundestag Health Committee, Erwin Rüddel (CDU), the editorial network Germany. “That's why I can imagine an end to the reimbursement ability.”
The health spokeswoman for the SPD faction, Sabine Dittmar, said that the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies has not been proven. “I therefore see it critically that health insurance funds and thus the contributors to finance these funds.” Previously, the SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach had explicitly stated in the Tagesspiegel to prohibit the voluntary reimbursement by the health insurance for homeopathy.
The health spokeswoman for the FDP sees a similar situation: “Anyone who advocates homeopathy should be able to acquire them further. But on a self-pay basis, “said Christine Aschenberg-Dugnus to the RND.
On the other hand, the left-wing politician Harald Weinberg told the RND newspapers that he considered the debate overdone. The cost of homeopathy for the health insurance companies are extremely low. There are more important health problems, such as hospital care problems, which lead to complications and preventable deaths.
In neighboring France, homeopathic medicines should no longer be reimbursed by the fund from 2021 onwards. In Germany, they are not part of the service catalog of the statutory health insurance. However, many health insurance companies reimburse treatment costs for natural remedies – also for marketing reasons. The funds are highly controversial: Only in May SPD Vice Manuela Schwesig had come under fire because she had assumed the patronage of a homeopathic congress.
On Thursday, the Chairman of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Andreas Gassen, called for an end to the financing of such benefits by the health insurance companies in Germany. The AOK Federal Association demanded clarity from the German legislator. (Tsp, dpa, AFP)