Switzerland have accepted alternative therapies as a legitimate part of their healthcare system.
While the proof is out there that these treatments work, and in many cases work better than conventional medicine, they are still widely ignored as ‘real’ treatments in many countries.
But Switzerland have paved the way for alternative therapies to be taken more seriously by including them in their healthcare insurance plan.
Up until now most medicines that were claimed on the countries healthcare insurance system were synthetic drugs, that come from the monopoly of the pharmaceutical business.
But as of May 2017 treatments such as homeopathy, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine and holistic medicine are all recognized as viable treatments that patients will be able to claim for.
This shift will allow the system to change from that which was previously ruled by the drug companies. As in the U.S most hospitals and healthcare centers are subsidized and indeed, rely on, revenue from the drug companies to keep them open.
This creates a culture where the doctors are stuck in a cycle of providing not exactly the right drugs for the individual patient, but the drugs they are encouraged to push, to keep the pharmaceutical companies happy.
This has resulted in decades of drugs being mis-sold, and wrongly prescribed to people, and in some cases it did a lot more harm to them that good.
Alternative therapies are a world away from this culture, as they focus on more natural healing methods that have been around for centuries, not whatever new drug is in production that month.
The Swiss health authorities actually blocked alternative therapies from the treatment program, but thanks to public outcry this decision was reversed.
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