Complementary medicine in Europe: some national perspectives
Abstract: The delivery of health care in Europe occurs in a context of dynamic change which is being influenced by consumer demands and imminent European Community Legislation. There are no common sets of data to compare between the differing countries. Each country has its own dynamic Tradition of health care. Complementary medicine appears to be used by particular sub-cultures. We have little understanding of how much of their disposable income people are willing to allocate to their health care needs, nor how they decide what those particular health care needs are. For complementary practices to be validated they will need to provide some form of scientific evidence which is currently lacking. Active collaboration between groups and national organisations may provide comparative data sets.