"Pray the gay away" therapy covered by Dutch insurance

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Controversial therapy designed to help homosexuals suppress their sexuality is covered by Dutch health insurance policies, even though there is evidence that such treatments can be harmful to the patient. Health Minister Edith Schippers was shocked by the revelation, calling it bizarre and pointing out that homosexuality is not a illness.