[Naturopathy as a contribution to cost control. Attempt at a cost analysis]

Fortschr Med. 1992 Jun 20;110(17):311-4.
[Article in German]


Objective: A data analysis has been performed to investigate to what extent naturopathy may contribute to reducing costs of medical care.

Methods: The study included anonymous data from the second quarter of 1988 obtained from the North-Württemberg Kassenärztlichen Vereinigung (insurance company). Physicians practicing in this area at that time were compared to a similarly large collective of those designated additionally as naturopaths and/or homeopaths.

Results: Differences between the two groups were significant with respect to drug costs and disability certificates however not with respect to physician fees.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cost Control / trends
  • Germany
  • Health Care Costs / trends*
  • Homeopathy / economics*
  • Humans
  • Naturopathy / economics*