Homeopathy 2008; 97(02): 70-75
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2008.02.005
Original Paper
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Homeopathy and complementary medicine in Tuscany, Italy: integration in the public health system

Elio Rossi
1   Homeopathic Clinic, Campo di Marte Hospital, Local Health District n. 2, Lucca, Italy
Sonia Baccetti
2   Acupuncture and MTC Clinic, Fior di Prugna, Local Health District n. 10, Firenze, Italy
Fabio Firenzuoli
3   Phytotherapy Clinic, San Giuseppe Hospital, Local Health District n. 11, Empoli, Italy
Katia Belvedere
4   General Direction of Health Regional Department of Tuscany, Italy
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Publication History

Received06 June 2007
revised14 February 2008

accepted14 February 2008

Publication Date:
20 December 2017 (online)

The healthcare programmes of the Region of Tuscany, Italy have contained references to various types of non-conventional medicine since 1996, and the last three Regional Health Plans have includes a chapter on non-conventional medicine that arguably represent the greatest degree of integration of such therapies in the public health care system achieved thus far in Italy. The Plan aims to guarantee definitive integration in the Regional Health Service of types of non-conventional medicine which are supported by a sufficient level of scientific evidence to allow them to be defined as forms of complementary medicine (acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy and manual medicine). Moreover, in 2007 the Regional council of Tuscany, for the first time in Italy, approved a regional law disciplining the pratice of complementary medicines on the part of doctors, dentists, Veterinarians and pharmacists.