Reducing healthcare costs with homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine: a literature reviewAbstract: Background: With an ageing European population and the associated rise in chronic diseases pressuring European health systems, an investigation into the appropriateness, cost-effectiveness and efficacy of various medical systems is needed. ECHAMP carried out a literature review on cost-effectiveness of homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine in order to show how homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine can contribute to a sustainable health system. Methods: An extensive search was carried out in the electronic databases of Medline (Pubmed), Google Scholar and Science Direct. The articles were analysed on direct, indirect and intangible cost reductions. Results: Eight studies showed remarkable direct costs savings by the use of homeopathy while seven studies indicated direct cost reductions with the treatment of anthroposophic medicine. One study showed significant direct cost savings for both homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine. None of the studies performed an exact cost calculation for the indirect cost savings of homeopathy whereas only one study calculated the indirect cost savings due to anthroposophic medicine. The latter estimated that indirect cost savings ranged between 41.5 and 113.1 euros per patient per day. Almost all studies for both homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine showed an increase in Quality of Life and reductions in disease severity. Conclusion: Both homeopathy and anthroposophic medicine can contribute to sustainable health systems by reducing direct, indirect and intangible healthcare costs.
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