Swiss recognise 'alternative' medicine – for now

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SWITZERLAND has bowed to popular pressure and decreed that state-backed health insurance must pay for five types of “complementary medicine” between now and 2017, pending an investigation of their efficacy. In 2009, 67 per cent of the Swiss electorate voted, under the country’s system of deciding issues by referendum, for five complementary therapies to be covered by health insurance. They are homeopathy, herbal and traditional Chinese treatments, neural therapy and anthroposophic medicine – which, among other techniques, uses mistletoe to treat cancer. “The only solution was to pay for the complementary therapies temporarily. This isn’t science, it’s politics” In December, however,