With health services predicted to tie up 30% of state budgets by 2050, the health sector is looking for ways to manage escalating demand and lessen the burden on our public health systems. Technology and workforce changes are two of the areas under the spotlight. But one popular option with the potential to reduce the load on hospitals and GPs is curiously missing in the public discussion. Karyn Brinkley examines whether the looming health budget crisis could benefit from an unconventional approach, and we’ve added some other background readings for your interest.

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It’s not just the budget that would benefit from integrated medicine

Budget measure could end natural therapy rebates (opens in new site)

Crackdown on homeopathic medicine (opens in new site)

Do natural therapies have a place at university? (opens in new site)

Why universities should teach alternative medicine (opens in new site)

Science in medicine (opens in new site)

British Society of Integrated Medicine (opens in new site)