Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


The safety of acupuncture

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:467

Rapid Response:

cost-effectiveness counts

My personal conclusions:

1. Acupuncture does not need a physician`s education.

2. Acupuncture is safe, but expensive.

3. There is a need to save money and the healthiness of poor people in
Public Health Systems.

4. Acupuncture should not be paid by PHS as a physician`s task, but like
other physiotherapies. And these therapies only in case there is no
cheaper treatment with comparable safety and efficacy.

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 September 2001
Regina Stroebele
so-called GP in Germany