Although there are several homeopaths who are also registered doctors, and many homeopaths who are registered nurses, most of the homoeopaths in New Zealand are not registered medical practitioners with the status of doctors. In many countries homeopaths have trained as doctors and done further training in homeopathy (in Britain the qualification Member of the Faculty of Homoeopathy is recognised in law, for instance) or they have trained in homeopathic medical colleges graduating with qualifications recognised as equivalent to the usual medical degree.
Many Governments encourage homeopathy and give it funding just like any other branch of medicine. Support from British Royalty is conspicuous. There are several homeopathic hospitals covered by the National Health Service in Britain, similarly in India. In many countries in Europe there is both state funding and medical insurers’ support for homeopathic consultations, notably Germany and France.
Central and South American countries support homeopathy in various ways, particularly Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The same sort of encouragement can be found in Africa, too – notably South Africa. It has been estimated that all around the world more than 500 million people use homeopathic medicines as their sole, or main, therapeutic agents.
In New Zealand the qualification National Diploma in Homeopathy is recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. The Qualifications Authority has the power to approve homoeopathic training institutions meeting all requirements, as well.