In Germany, only medical doctors and lay practitioners may practise homeopathy. Either a medical University degree or the successfully passed exam as "Heilpraktiker" is required. Midwifes may practice homeopathy in special situations such as during labor or while accompanying pregnancy.
Homeopathic training for doctors takes several years and is certified by the regional official Health System (regionale Aerztekammer). More than 5800 medical doctors have undergone this training and are allowed to work as a homeopathic doctor in Germany (Die ZEIT, 12/2010), as well as more than 200 veterinarian doctors, and more than 50% of the patients use homeopathic remedies (Allensbach- research, 2009). Professional training is provided for doctors, veterinarians and pharmacists by the:
German Medical Homepathic Association Deutscher Zentralverein Homoeopathischer Aerzte (DZVhAE).
Currently, there is no University Masters degree available in Germany (like this is provided in the UK, for example).
The Organisation for lay practitioners is the Verband Deutscher Heilpraktiker, VDH
There are 3 hospitals, which mainly use classical homeopathy:
1) Waldhausklinik, Deuringen
2) Krankenhaus fuer Naturheilweisen, Munich
3) Paediatric section of University of Munich
Dr.von Haunersches Kinderspital
Homeopathic treatment is covered partially by the official health-insurances.