In Switzerland, Homeopathy, phytomedicine, anthroposophic medicine, traditional chinese medicine and acupuncture are to receive the same status as conventional medicine, when it comes to the reimbursement of health care costs . The local mandatory health-insurance provider of Switzerland will continue to cover the expenses of these 5 CAM therapies.
Initially, since 2012, the payment of these health care approaches had only been provisional.
The ministry of interior has now argued that the provision of evidence of efficacy, convenience, and profitability of these CAM approaches, will never entirely be possible, and has consequently decided to assume the principle of trust for these health care approaches.
The decree will be brought to hearing in June 2016 , and is aimed at coming into effect in May 2017. As such, a continued provision of access to these CAM therapies will be warranted.
Announcement of the Ministry of interior of Switzerland – 29.03.16: