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The Use of Homeopathy in European Hospitals

Part of a Compendium of Homeopathic Research

Editors:
Ron Whitmont, MD
Tina Quirk, RN, MS, CCH
Peter Gold, BS
Paola Brown, Pres. of Americans for Homeopathy Choice

 

Homeopathy is a 200-year-old system of medicine, used by nearly 250 thousand physicians and

over 500 million people worldwide 1 - making it one of the most popular forms of integrative

medicine.

 

In fact, homeopathy is an important part of the healthcare systems of many major

industrialized nations – including most of Western Europe. What’s more, there are at least 70

hospitals in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Spain and the U.K. actively

integrating homeopathy into patient care (see attached list). Homeopathy is also actively

practiced by physicians in 40 out of 42 European nations. There are also hundreds of hospitals

in south Asia – India in particular - that integrate homeopathy into patient care.

 

It should be noted that in all comparative effectiveness studies of homeopathy, its integration

into health care resulted in better outcomes for patients with improved safety. Those that

included cost-effectiveness analysis showed no additional cost or reduced costs.

 

A recent economic analysis of the French healthcare system (ranked #1 in the world by the

World Health Organization) produced data that examined three types of cost: consultation,

prescription and total costs. Overall health expenditure was 20% less for patients consulting

homeopathic family physicians in France compared to conventional family physicians ($78.70

US vs. $98.91 US). The lower cost of medical prescriptions for homeopathic family physicians

was partially offset by higher consultation costs. Homeopathic physicians prescribed far fewer

potentially hazardous drugs including psychotropics, antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.2

 

How can the U.S. begin to get healthcare costs under control while better managing problems

like pain management and the end of the antibiotic era? We can do like the rest of the

industrialized world – and bring homeopathy into our hospital systems as an adjunct system of

care.

Partial List of Hospitals Using Homeopathy in Europe: 

German Hospitals Using Homeopathy

  • Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin am Caritas-Krankenhaus Bad Mergentheim
  • Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital der Universität München
  • Kinderkrankenhaus St. Marien
  • Immanuel Krankenhaus Berlin
  • Filderklinik - Anthroposophic medicine: acute and holistic medicine
  • Havelhöhe Community Hospital - Clinic for anthroposophic medicine
  • Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Herdecke - Anthroposophic medicine
  • Klinik Öschelbronn
  • Friedrich-Husemann-Klinik - Clinic for psychiatry and psychotherapy
  • Krankenhaus Lahnhöhe
  • Geriatrische Reha-Klinik Bethel Welzheim
  • Emil-Schlegel-Klinik
  • Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin am Caritas-Krankenhaus Bad Mergentheim
  • Alexander von Humboldt Klinik
  • Waldhausklinik Deuringen
  • CHAMP – Charité Ambulanz
  • Habichtswaldklinik
  • Fachklinik Hofheim
  • Hahnemann Klinik Baltrum
  • Hof Bellevue
  • Klinik im LEBEN
  • Malteser Klinik von Weckbecker in Bad Brückenau
  • Homöopathie an der Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie Hofheim
  • Krankenhaus Lahnhöhe
  • Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg – Frauenklinik Ambulanz für Naturheilkunde
  • Belegabteilung für Homöotherapie am Kreiskrankenhaus Heidenheim
  • Hahnemann Tagesklinik in Tübingen
  • Dr. von Haunersche Kinderspital der LudwigMaximilians-Universität 

Austrian Hospitals Using Homeopathy:

  • General Hospital of Vienna (Medical University of Vienna), Dept. Medicine I, Division of Oncology
  • Hospital of the Brothers of Mercy, Salzburg (Dr. Sepp Fegerl, Dr. Barbara Reuter)
  • Outpatient unit "Children Oncology, Hospital Klagenfurt" (Dr. Erfried Pichler)
  • Hospital Hietzing, Vienna (Dr. Michaela Zorzi)
  • Ambulanzen in Wien
  • Ambulanzen in Kärnten
  • Ambulanzen in Salzburg
  • Ambulanzen in Tirol
  • Ambulanzen in Vorarlberg

Swiss Hospitals Using Homeopathy

  • Institute for Complementary Medicine - University of Bern (IKOM; Dr. Martin Frei, Dr. Katharina Gaertner)
  • Clinica Santa Croce, Orselina: http://www.clinica-dr-spinedi.ch/it/trattamento.html
  • Swiss Paraplegic Centre, Notwil: https://www.paraplegie.ch/spz/en
  • Klinik Arlesheim
  • Ita Wegman Geburtshaus
  • Paracelsus-Spital Richterswil
  • Regionalspital Emmental AG - Abteilung Komplementärmedizin
  • Ospidal Engiadina Bassa - Abteilung Komplementärmedizin
  • Medizinisches Zentrum Bircher-Benner, Dorfstrasse 12, 8784 Braunwald, Switzerland,
  • Zentrum für integrative Pädiatrie, HFR Billens, Rue de l'Hôpital 1, 1681 Billens, Switzerland
  • Kantonsspital St.Gallen, Zentrum für Integrative Medizin, Haus 33, Greithstrasse 20, CH-9007 St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Kantonsspital St.Gallen, Zentrum für Integrative Medizin, Haus 33, Greithstrasse 20, CH-9007 St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Swiss Mountain Clinic AG, Strada Cantonale 158, CH-6540 Castaneda, GR
  • Paracelsus Klinik Lustmühle AG, Battenhusstrasse 12, Postfach 162, 9053 Teufen AR,
  • Seeklinik Brunnen, Gersauerstrasse 8, 6440 Brunnen
  • Klinik Schützen Rheinfelden, Bahnhofstrasse 19, 4310 Rheinfelden

French Hospitals Using Homeopathy

  • Centre Hospitalier Saint Joseph Saint Luc, Lyon
  • Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud, Lyon
  • Hospital Croix-Rousse
  • Centre Hospitalier de la Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris
  • Centre Hospitalier Tenon, Paris
  • Centre Hospitalier Corentin-Celton, Paris
  • Hospital Saint Jacques, Paris
  • Groupe Hospitalier Saint Vincent, Strasbourg

Italian Hospitals Using Homeopathy

  • Centro de Medicina Integrata di Pitigliano, Grosseto 

Spanish Hospitals Using Homeopathy

  • Hospital del Nen Deu, Barcelona
  • Instituto Homeopático y Hospital de San José, Madrid

UK Hospitals Using Homeopathy

  • National Health Service Centre for Integrative Care, Glasgow
  • Portland Centre for Integrative Care, Bristol
  • Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, London

Swedish Hospitals Using Homeopathy

  • Vidarkliniken

About the authors:

Ronald D. Whitmont, MD is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Founding Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine, immediate past president of the American Institute of Homeopathy and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at New York Medical College. Dr. Whitmont maintains a private practice of classical homeopathy in New York City and Rhinebeck, New York.

Peter W. Gold is a biologist and a researcher for the American Institute of Homeopathy.

Sources:

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2 Colas A, Danno K, Tabar C, Ehreth J, Duru G. Economic Impact of Homeopathic Practice in General Medicine In France. Health Economics Review (2015) 5:18. DOI 10.1186/s13561-015-0055-5