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Benefits of central Swiss companies: globules are efficient – primarily a cost drive

Alternative medicine is a rabble religious war. The fact is: since Globuli and Co pay basic insurance, costs and sales in the area have increased. It also uses centers in Switzerland.

Raphael Buehlmann

The question of faith: the effectiveness of the globules. (Picture: Andrea Warnecke, Berlin, October 23, 2013)

The question of faith: the effectiveness of the globules. (Picture: Andrea Warnecke, Berlin, October 23, 2013)

Our eastern neighbors go through great intervention in the field of alternative treatments. At the Medical University of Vienna, an elective case for homeopathy was deleted from the catalog. As "ignorant" or "charlatan", they ranked the effectiveness of Globuli & Co. The excitement was great, there are more people who want to believe in the effectiveness of alternative treatments. Trust in alternative medicine is also high in Switzerland.

The globe guru from Zuga unexpectedly died

Mohinder Singh Jus. (Picture: PD)

Mohinder Singh Jus. (Picture: PD)

He was 72 years old. Mohinder Singh Jus unexpectedly died of a heart attack in his home in Neuheim ZG on June 10, 2019. Mohinder Singh Jus is considered one of the founders of complementary medicine in Switzerland. Born in India, he came to Switzerland in 1985 and together with his wife Martine Cachin founded SHI Homeopathy in 1993, "Homeopathy House" in Zug. According to their own statements, "National and International Center for Competence for Classical Homeopathy", which is the only homeopathy school offering national HF diplomas. The company at the Steinhauserstrasse today employs 22 people.

Only in early May, a doctor from Canton St. Gallen in the Swiss Medical Weekly describes a case in which the patient was suffering from chronic poisoning of arsenic globules. Therefore, the 16-year-old should swallow large amounts of gastrointestinal globules containing the arsenic of Similasan for four years. The physician could not prove that there were any globules or symptoms, but in the opinion of the doctor it was considered "probable". Similasan, the largest manufacturer of homeopathic remedies based in Jonena, criticizes the article of "imprecise assumptions" and "at different places" in question.

Homeopathy Hotspot Central Switzerland

About the effectiveness of alternative treatments is still harshly debated. The fact is that traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy or herbal medicine still remains an effective proof of their effectiveness today. However, alternative methods of treatment are especially popular in Switzerland, especially among women and doctors who have completed a study abroad.

Demand is increasing, especially since 2012. Since then, certain complementary medicine benefits have been paid for compulsory health insurance. The cost analysis published by the Santésuisse Health Insurance Association in January shows that homeopathy and Co have since caused higher cost of treatment per patient than conventional medicine. Within two years of receiving basic health insurance, health insurance costs for homeopathy have increased tenfold and now amount to about ten million francs a year.

Women more often believe in the effect

As Santésuisse writes, women are more represented by providers of complementary medicine. The proportion of women here is 36 percent, compared to 30 percent in conventional medicine. The share of women also surpasses the patient's structure. "It's 4 percentage points more in complementary medicine than in other doctors," says Santésuisse. In addition, compared to conventional medicine in alternative disciplines, an overwhelming number of doctors would gain a degree abroad. Finally, regional differences can also be noticed. "The Swiss population speaking German is, for example, much more immune-compromised and complementary than Swiss Switzerland and Ticino," writes Santésuisse.

The main players on the homeopathic Swiss market are located in central Switzerland. For example, House of Homeopathy in Zug or Omida company headquartered in Küssnacht. This is the German company Dr. Ing. It produces about 1.8 million packets of globules and essences. Willmar Schwabe, headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany. About 20 million francs are Omida. Director General Stephan Vautravers puts the study of Santésuisse in perspective: "The share of complementary medicine in rising health care costs is in thousands." Even compared to conventional medicine, complementary medicine costs such as homeopathic remedies are negligible. On the contrary, cost reduction means that new therapeutic methods are used in multinational pharmaceutical companies, which sometimes require several hundred thousand francs for one treatment. Santésuisse contradicts the argument of "cost-effective alternative medicine".

Strong growth, but "no market boom"

However, purely complementary health services have only a small share in the overall nutrition of the basic health insurance. But he often hear the principle of "complementary equal costs" would be clearly rejected by their study. "The results show that the cost of treatment of complementary doctors since 2012 has increased by about 8 percent." Omida, which is known for its Schüssler salt distribution, among other things, also benefits from it.

Schwyzer does not publish data on the latest business developments. Omida Vautravers CEO does not want to talk about "boom market". But: "Of course, alternative medicines are currently very much sought after in self-employment." Therefore, for Vautravers clear: Homeopathy or other medicines for complementary medicine already have a positive effect on many people in the sense of believing in them and having a positive experience.