Welcome to the website of EFCAM
Promoting Equality of Access to Holistic Healthcare in Europe
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.
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.
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
to users who report a high satisfaction rating.