MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Madam President! Ladies and gentlemen! The debate is an opportunity to talk about professions that are very often overshadowed by attention. This also includes the profession of alternative practitioner. I think this job is an asset to our healthcare system that I wouldn’t want to miss. At this point, a big thank you to the 47,000 alternative practitioners in this country who are doing valuable work.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the LEFT)
Their number – you could say that once – is increasing from year to year, and that also speaks for a certain trust in patients. So there is obviously a satisfaction with the work of the alternative practitioners. In the end, the patients vote with their feet by going to the naturopath; no one is forced. There are 128,000 patient contacts per day. If you look at the age group of those between 50 and 65 years of age, you can see that around half, 47 percent, have already been to a naturopath. This suggests that there are very many people who seek help from naturopaths.
Why do the patients do this and usually also pay money for it? The patients want a holistic approach, a dovetailing of conventional medicine and complementary medicine; because most of course also visit a doctor. This is not a contradiction; I think that’s a good thing too. This summer I visited an MVZ, a pain medicine supply center, where alternative practitioners also work. I found it very nice to see that there is no against each other, but rather togetherness. I believe the future belongs to such collaborations.
There are also patients who seek complementary therapy from alternative practitioners who want to reduce side effects, and patients who simply want to stimulate the self-healing powers, who are not subject to the misunderstanding that one has to throw in a tablet and then one will be healthy, if I like say: If I have high blood pressure, I don’t just want to be prescribed a blood pressure lowering drug, I want to do something myself. I am not satisfied with it and would like to do something myself so that I may not need any more pills at all. – I think it is a good approach to consider: What can you do so that you are not constantly dependent on tablets, for example? It is based on gentle procedures, natural healing methods. I think that if the mature patient wishes that, then he should also have the opportunity to make use of it.
Very important – patients say when you speak to them – is: The alternative practitioner takes time for you. As a rule, they make the same diagnosis and carry out a complete medical history; But the patients are not outside after two minutes; the conversation sometimes lasts an hour. This experience – I could now say: this luxury – I would like to allow many more patients to enjoy, so that they can see that the person treating them is simply taking their time.
Ladies and gentlemen, today we are talking about the draft of the MTA Reform Act, and it contains a regulation according to which alternative practitioners should no longer be able to commission laboratory services. I think this rule would not be in the best interests of the patient; because laboratory diagnostics are used to clarify diseases. She is very helpful for that. In the past few years, I believe, we have had a lot of positive experiences with alternative practitioners aligning their work with what the laboratory results show. In this respect, I think we should delete this regulation because it does not serve the patient’s benefit.
Naturally, the profession of alternative practitioner also faces challenges. In my opinion, there is a very high level of training. Most of those who take up the profession of alternative practitioner have a previous medical career, for example occupational therapists or have worked in nursing; over half come from this area. So that suggests that these are people who have an idea of what they’re doing. But I believe that it is important that we standardize training, that there are schools that have a clear, comparable curriculum.
Ladies and gentlemen, for the benefit of the patient, let us keep the profession of naturopath and improve it. We have the opportunity.
Thank you very much for your attention.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU)
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