Governments whose national health services include homeopathic treatments are being asked to eliminate such programs by those who question homeopathy's medical legitimacy. "In times of economic uncertainty, austerity measures and generally tight budgets, experts in Britain and elsewhere in Europe are questioning whether national health care systems should continue to foot the bill for alternatives to traditional medicine like homeopathy if their usefulness hasn't been backed by science." Spiegel takes stock of health professionals who lament the treatment and the patients who swear by it.