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Healthcare workers are more likely to use alternative therapies than the general public.
Homeopaths are challenging an anomaly in the tax regulations where the consultation fees of some alternative practitioners are VAT free while others must pay a tax rate of 13.5pc.
Under the anomaly a family doctor offering a homeopathic consultation is VAT exempt while professional homeopaths must pay the tax. A family doctor offering acupuncture treatment is also exempt from VAT.