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Fortschr Med. 1992 Jun 20;110(17):311-4.

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

[Article in German]

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Forschungsstelle Allgemeinmedizin, Universität Ulm.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
1644387
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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