Investing in Complementary & Alternative Medicine: Innovation And Added Value and saving for European Healthcare

On the 9th October, Friends’ Chairman, Enid Segall, who is also President of the European Federation of Homeopathic Patients’ Associations (EFHPA) addressed a conference at the European Parliament on behalf of patients:

“We are very grateful to the European Parliament for having hosted this landmark Conference, and to the Commission for having part funded it. The EU faces a serious economic crisis that puts its Member States’ healthcare systems at risk and requires them to fundamentally reform. The impact of increased life expectancy, the alarming rise in chronic diseases, growing health inequalities and shortages in health workforces are over-straining health care services in a way unseen before. We believe that investing in a CAM Innovation Partnership will support reforming health systems to focus primarily on prevention and complement conventional care in a way that benefits healthcare systems and people across Europe”, stressed Ms Enid Segall on behalf of EUROCAM, one of the organisers.

The Conference concluded that the potential CAM has to maintain health, prevent ill-health, promote healthier lifestyles and contribute to the sustainability of health systems should not be disregarded by the European Union at a time when health funding is under so much pressure from economic and demographic pressures.

At the end of the conference EUROCAM issued a call for action addressed to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Member States. It is available here

Click here to read the full report: CAM Conf Press Release 09.10.12

The European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH) also have a brief report on their website which you can read by clicking here: Unprecedented CAM conference in the European Parliament

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