Why it is unethical to fund homeopathy from public money
October 18, 2014
If you’re interested in the debate about whether homeopathy should be provided by the NHS, then I strongly recommend David Shaw’s article about why it would be unethical to do so.
He lists 5 reasons, the most obvious and damning being that there is no evidence base for it. Therefore, even if there is a placebo effect, telling patients that any benefits are the result of taking a highly diluted solution, is basically deceitful.
He is no enemy of complementary therapies. In fact one of his 5 arguments is that funding homeopathy distracts from other complementary therapies that are more efficacious.
This isn’t just homeopathy-bashing. Shaw is reminding us all of the ethical decisions involved in medicine, alternative or conventional.