Rudolf Haußmann, Naturopath, Weil am Rhein, Germany
We come across a great many infectious diseases in our practices. Particularly so because many so-called “banal” infections are often not properly treated in GP surgeries because the costs are no longer fully reimbursed by the health insurance companies.
Rhinitis often has to be diagnosed as sinusitis, bronchitis or a similar condition just to qualify for insurance funding.
The consequence of this – and this not only applies in my practice – is that an increasing number of these patients, who in some cases have been coming to us for several years with other conditions, are now
coming to naturopathic practices for suitable treatment. This often occurs in the knowledge that serious complications may develop from “banal” infections if left untreated or not treated properly.
The idea of “containing costs” doesn’t apply here, since treating these complications is generally more expensive than the original infection, which is ...