Virchow-Bund describes homeopathy as "nonsense"
In a press release from the Virchow Association, it says: "The statutory health insurance companies ... finance ... a lot of nonsense at the expense of the community of solidarity." Dirk Heinrich, chairman of the association, among other things also the reimbursement of homeopathic medicines by some health insurance companies. These health insurers use their legal scope and have been reimbursing homeopathic medicines prescribed by a doctor as part of their statutory benefits since the beginning of the year.
"Karl Lauterbach (SPD) embarrassed himself with this kind of discussion two years ago," replies Cornelia Bajic, chairwoman of the German Central Association of Homeopathic Doctors (DZVhÄ), and points out that Heinrich "with this statement is also against his own clientele and discredited thousands of doctors. ”Around 7,000 doctors in private practice have the additional title of homeopathy and are successfully using this therapy method. Especially in the case of chronic diseases, doctors who have learned homeopathy and mostly have specialist training can help their patients. Heinrich - whose job is to represent the resident doctors - speaks of "dubious medical methods" and means in addition to homeopathy also anthroposophic medicine and phytotherapy. These three methods are defined in the Social Code V (SGB V) as special therapeutic directions. "Legislature explicitly requests method pluralism," says Cornelia Bajic, "and the free choice of therapy for the doctor is a great asset." (Pm)