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Economic impact of homeopathic practice in general medicine in France.

Colas A, Danno K, Tabar C, Ehreth J, Duru G - Health Econ Rev (2015)

Bottom Line: The health expenditure cost was 20 % less for patients consulting Ho-GPs compared to CM-GPs (68.93 <euro> vs 86.63 <euro>, respectively).The lower cost of medical prescriptions for Ho-GPs patients compared to CM-GPs patients (41.67 <euro> vs 63.72 <euro>) was offset by the higher consultation costs (27.08 <euro> vs 22.68 <euro> respectively).Ho-GPs prescribed fewer psychotropic drugs, antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.In conclusions management of patients by homeopathic GPs may be less expensive from a global perspective and may represent an important interest to public health.

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Affiliation: Laboratoires Boiron, Laboratoires Boiron, 2 avenue de l'Ouest Lyonnais, 69510, Messimy, France.

ABSTRACT
Health authorities are constantly searching for new ways to stabilise health expenditures. To explore this issue, we compared the costs generated by different types of medical practice in French general medicine: i.e. conventional (CM-GP), homeopathic (Ho-GP), or mixed (Mx-GP).Data from a previous cross-sectional study, EPI3 La-Ser, were used. Three types of cost were analysed: (i) consultation cost (ii) prescription cost and (iii) total cost (consultation + prescription). Each was evaluated as: (i) the cost to Social Security (ii) the remaining cost (to the patient and/or supplementary health insurance); and (iii) health expenditure (combination of the two costs).With regard to Social Security, treatment by Ho-GPs was less costly (42.00 vs 65.25 for CM-GPs, 35 % less). Medical prescriptions were two-times more expensive for CM-GPs patients (48.68 vs 25.62 ). For the supplementary health insurance and/or patient out-of-pocket costs, treatment by CM-GPs was less expensive due to the lower consultation costs (6.19 vs 11.20 for Ho-GPs) whereas the prescription cost was comparable between the Ho-GPs and the CM-GPs patients (15.87 vs 15.24 respectively) . The health expenditure cost was 20 % less for patients consulting Ho-GPs compared to CM-GPs (68.93 vs 86.63 , respectively). The lower cost of medical prescriptions for Ho-GPs patients compared to CM-GPs patients (41.67 vs 63.72 ) was offset by the higher consultation costs (27.08 vs 22.68 respectively). Ho-GPs prescribed fewer psychotropic drugs, antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.In conclusions management of patients by homeopathic GPs may be less expensive from a global perspective and may represent an important interest to public health.

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Mentions: The population analysed in this economic study consisted of 6,379 patients from the cross-sectional EPI3 study who consulted their gate keeper GP at inclusion (Fig. 1). This population was divided into three groups depending on the type of practice carried out by the GP: 1,691 patients saw a CM-GP, 187 patients consulted a Mx-GP and 1,501 patients saw a Ho-GP.Fig. 1


Economic impact of homeopathic practice in general medicine in France.

Colas A, Danno K, Tabar C, Ehreth J, Duru G - Health Econ Rev (2015)

Flow-chart of the population analysed
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Fig1: Flow-chart of the population analysed
Mentions: The population analysed in this economic study consisted of 6,379 patients from the cross-sectional EPI3 study who consulted their gate keeper GP at inclusion (Fig. 1). This population was divided into three groups depending on the type of practice carried out by the GP: 1,691 patients saw a CM-GP, 187 patients consulted a Mx-GP and 1,501 patients saw a Ho-GP.Fig. 1

Bottom Line: The health expenditure cost was 20 % less for patients consulting Ho-GPs compared to CM-GPs (68.93 <euro> vs 86.63 <euro>, respectively).The lower cost of medical prescriptions for Ho-GPs patients compared to CM-GPs patients (41.67 <euro> vs 63.72 <euro>) was offset by the higher consultation costs (27.08 <euro> vs 22.68 <euro> respectively).Ho-GPs prescribed fewer psychotropic drugs, antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.In conclusions management of patients by homeopathic GPs may be less expensive from a global perspective and may represent an important interest to public health.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Laboratoires Boiron, Laboratoires Boiron, 2 avenue de l'Ouest Lyonnais, 69510, Messimy, France.

ABSTRACT
Health authorities are constantly searching for new ways to stabilise health expenditures. To explore this issue, we compared the costs generated by different types of medical practice in French general medicine: i.e. conventional (CM-GP), homeopathic (Ho-GP), or mixed (Mx-GP).Data from a previous cross-sectional study, EPI3 La-Ser, were used. Three types of cost were analysed: (i) consultation cost (ii) prescription cost and (iii) total cost (consultation + prescription). Each was evaluated as: (i) the cost to Social Security (ii) the remaining cost (to the patient and/or supplementary health insurance); and (iii) health expenditure (combination of the two costs).With regard to Social Security, treatment by Ho-GPs was less costly (42.00 vs 65.25 for CM-GPs, 35 % less). Medical prescriptions were two-times more expensive for CM-GPs patients (48.68 vs 25.62 ). For the supplementary health insurance and/or patient out-of-pocket costs, treatment by CM-GPs was less expensive due to the lower consultation costs (6.19 vs 11.20 for Ho-GPs) whereas the prescription cost was comparable between the Ho-GPs and the CM-GPs patients (15.87 vs 15.24 respectively) . The health expenditure cost was 20 % less for patients consulting Ho-GPs compared to CM-GPs (68.93 vs 86.63 , respectively). The lower cost of medical prescriptions for Ho-GPs patients compared to CM-GPs patients (41.67 vs 63.72 ) was offset by the higher consultation costs (27.08 vs 22.68 respectively). Ho-GPs prescribed fewer psychotropic drugs, antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.In conclusions management of patients by homeopathic GPs may be less expensive from a global perspective and may represent an important interest to public health.

No MeSH data available.