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    Believers in homeopathy live in their own magic universe - The Irish Times - Sat, Feb 23, 2013

    From the article 'NHS Lothian has, however, confirmed that, following public consultation, state funding of homeopathy clinics is to cease'

    At least our HSE are not involved in this but indirectly the state does subsidise this carry on by offering tax-relief on health insurance policies which pay or partially pay out for visits to magicians ( sorry homeopaths).

    Apparently VHI are now the only private Health Insurer who have no truck with homeopathy as the other main insurers offer policies which refund homeopathy services.

    Should the Revenue Commissioners refuse to offer tax relief on health insurance policies offering refunds for homeopathy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birthday View Post
    Believers in homeopathy live in their own magic universe - The Irish Times - Sat, Feb 23, 2013

    From the article 'NHS Lothian has, however, confirmed that, following public consultation, state funding of homeopathy clinics is to cease'

    At least our HSE are not involved in this but indirectly the state does subsidise this carry on by offering tax-relief on health insurance policies which pay or partially pay out for visits to magicians ( sorry homeopaths).

    Apparently VHI are now the only private Health Insurer who have no truck with homeopathy as the other main insurers offer policies which refund homeopathy services.

    Should the Revenue Commissioners refuse to offer tax relief on health insurance policies offering refunds for homeopathy?
    Any tax payer money going towards homeopathy should be treated as what it is, blatant fraud.

    State funding of homeopathy should be treated like any other crime and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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    The VHI funds this nonsense? Seriously?
    Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum.

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    It would be unfair to withdraw tax relief on health insurance policies offering refunds for homeopathy unless you could prove that the policy holder was actually given a refund of homeopathic treatment costs. If it was feasible to do so, there could be a proportionate reduction in the tax relief based on actual use of homeopathic treatment.

    I'm surprised that this wasn't referenced in the IT article:

    Mark Murray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveM View Post
    The VHI funds this nonsense? Seriously?
    No.
    Mark Murray.

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    I found homeopathy mildly helpful, mainstream medicine was offering nothing but 40 years of prescriptions treating symptoms and not any underlying causes. And as for the "fraud" comment above, 60 quid for 5 mins with a GP is much closer to my definition of fraud.

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    Randi's great on snake oil:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnybaii View Post
    I found homeopathy mildly helpful, mainstream medicine was offering nothing but 40 years of prescriptions treating symptoms and not any underlying causes. And as for the "fraud" comment above, 60 quid for 5 mins with a GP is much closer to my definition of fraud.
    Mark Murray.

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    Should the Revenue Commissioners refuse to offer tax relief on health insurance policies offering refunds for homeopathy?
    Yes.

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    Hospitals, doctors and chemists should face prosecution for fraud if they sell or prescribe homeopathic cures.

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