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Government Considers Limits to Alternative Medicine

The Minsitry of Health and Social Services is considering limiting access to alternative madicine. A working group proposal suggests that alternative treatments should only be undertaken in co-operation with a physician.

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A ministerial working group with the task of investigating alternative medicine regulations, suggests that professional health care practitioners should be the only ones allowed to examine and treat patients who can't themselves give consent to treatments.

Alternative medicine practitioners should also be obliged to get the consent of doctors in treatments of more serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, epilepsy and mental illnesses. This would include pregnancies and patients needing transplants.

Furthermore, the use of hypnosis in research and treatment of illnesses would be restricted to health care practitioners.

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