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Table 4 Total cost of treatment strategy (cost of the consultation + cost of the prescription)

From: Economic impact of homeopathic practice in general medicine in France

  CM group (N = 1691) Mx group (N = 3187) Ho group (N = 1501) p
Social Security cost in €, mean [SD] 65.25 60.51 42.00** <0.0001
(97.38) (165.85) (70.30)
    Cost of the consultation 16.49 16.21* 15.81** <0.0001
(2.97) (2.82) (2.55)
    Cost of the prescription 48.68 43.87 25.62** <0.0001
(96.32) (162.74) (68.23)
Cost to patient and/or supplementary health insurance in €, mean [SD] 21.35 21.08 26.89** <0.0001
(29.24) (28.12) (27.79)
    Cost of the consultation 6.19 6.27 11.20** <0.0001
(3.88) (3.60) (5.75)
    Cost of the prescription 15.24 15.28 15.87 0.7917
(28.15) (27.74) (27.25)
Health expenditure (¥) in €, mean [SD] 86.63 81.60 68.93* 0.0034
(106.97) (170.04) (81.53)
    Cost of the consultation 22.68 22.49 27.08** <0.0001
(2.53) (2.17) (5.0)
    Cost of the prescription 63.72 59.03 41.67** <0.0001
(106.28) (167.29) (79.74)
  1. CM, conventional medicine; Mx mixed conventional and homeopathic practice; Ho homeopathy
  2. (¥) Health expenditure = Social Security cost + cost to patient and/or supplementary health insurance
  3. p = Overall p-value for the model (comparing all three groups). SD: standard deviation
  4. * = significant p-values for comparisons between Mx vs CM and Ho vs CM; * = p <0.05; ** = p <0.0001