The Swiss government has a long and widely-respected history of neutrality, and therefore, reports from this government on controversial subjects need to be taken more seriously than other reports from countries that are more strongly influenced by present economic and political constituencies. When one considers that two of the top five largest drug companies in the world have their headquarters in Switzerland, one might assume that this country would have a heavy interest in and bias toward conventional medicine, but such assumptions would be wrong.
In late 2011, the Swiss government's report on homeopathic
medicine represents the most comprehensive evaluation of homeopathic
medicine ever written by a government and was just published in
book form in English (Bornhoft and Matthiessen, 2011). This breakthrough
report affirmed that homeopathic treatment is both effective and
cost-effective and that homeopathic treatment should be reimbursed by
Switzerland's national health insurance program.
The Swiss government's inquiry into homeopathy and complementary and
alternative (CAM) treatments resulted from the high demand and
widespread use of alternatives to conventional medicine in Switzerland,
not only from consumers but from physicians as well. Approximately half
of the Swiss population have used CAM treatments and value them.
Further, about half of Swiss physicians consider CAM treatments to be
effective. Perhaps most significantly, 85 percent of the Swiss
population wants CAM therapies to be a part of their country's health
Source - Huffpost