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Promoting Equality of Access to Holistic Healthcare in Europe


EFCAM
is a Federation of European Federations of specific CAM modalities and national CAM umbrella organisations. Its principal objective is to achieve equality of access to CAM throughout Europe.


  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is being increasingly used by citizens across Europe as a means of maintaining their health and for treating ill-health. There is an increasing awareness that a holistic approach to healthcare is needed based on the understanding that a human being is a complex integrated whole of mind, body and spirit, closely interconnected with their physical and social environment.
  • Between 20% and 80% of citizens in different EU countries have used CAM in their health care.They want to choose the therapeutic approach that they consider will produce the best result for their health, whether it is to maintain good health and to prevent illness, or to alleviate a health problem, and whether that belongs to conventional medicine or to CAM.
  • Access to CAM, with rare exceptions, is limited to those who can afford to pay for it. Equitable access to healthcare, including CAM, and the sustainability of health services requires a shift towards health promotion and prevention of illness, and, towards more cost-effective treatment of illness. The CAM methods and CAM workforce are available to contribute to that.
  • As Europe faces a growing number of challenges in the area of healthcare such as an aging population, chronic diseases, maintaining a healthy workforce, rising healthcare budgets etc, it is time CAM is given serious consideration as both innovation and added value for healthcare in Europe.

CAMís particular strength is the combination of individualised holistic care, capacity to provide health maintenance, illness prevention and non-invasive illness treatment as part of an integrated package. This is very attractive to users who report a high satisfaction rating.