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What Your Illness Is Costing You?
The thorough investigative process involved in Functional Medicine is what allows us to discover the underlying cause of your health concerns. This process often involves the latest in cutting-edge testing that is not yet recognized by insurance companies. For that reason, there is some up-front expense. However, this cost pales in comparison to the long-term cost of continuing to suffer from a chronic illness. The goal of Functional Medicine is to discover ideal health by correcting the underlying cause of your health problems.
When attempting to determine the relative value of an item or service, we naturally seek out information about it and then compare that information with items or services with which we are already familiar. Below are listed three medical conditions commonly seen in the U.S. with which most people are familiar. Multiplying the average annual cost by factors of 10 and 20 shows us what the average American with these conditions will spend over the next 10 and 20 years.
According to diabetes.org, people with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of $16,752 per year, of which about $9,601 is attributed to diabetes. On average, people with diagnosed diabetes have medical expenditures approximately 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes. Cost:
10 Years = $96, 010
20 Years = $192,020
According to rheumatoidarthritis.org, RA medications can be extremely costly. Many patients can pay up to $30,000 annually for their medication costs alone. Over the course of a lifetime, this figure quickly becomes astronomical, especially for patients diagnosed early on in their lives.
10 Years = $300,000
20 Years = $600,000
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that roughly 16% of patients with major depression have a treatment-resistant form of the disorder and do not respond to two or more antidepressants. That can cost an average of more than $17,000 per year in healthcare expenditures, compared with $9,700 among non-treatment-resistant-depression patients, and $4,782 in controls. Therefore, the direct cost of treatment-resistant major depression equates to a cost of $12,218 per year.
10 Years = $122,180
20 Years = $244,360
These figures outline direct medical costs, but do not speak to the enormous cost of lost workdays or quality of life. A look at our Becoming a Functional Medicine Patient page, reveals that the cost of the Case Review process at CCFM is generally between $1,400 and $5,200. That amount includes all appointments, lab testing, and supplements for the first 3-4 months of care. At that point, many patients will see a reversal of their disease process, and continue down the path to wellness with little need for outside intervention. Patients with more complex issues will need some degree of further workup and support.
It is your choice. You can pay some now and correct the underlying issues. Or you can continue along the path you have been on and pay substantially more in the long run, both financially and in quality of life.
$110. Includes a 55-minute visit with staff clinician.
CranioSacral Therapy Appointment:
$110. Includes a 55-minute visit with staff clinician.
Adjustments are $40.
Chiropractic exam is $40.
Initial Evaluation – $135. Includes the consultation and physical examination with staff clinician. Allow 1 hour and 30 minutes for this visit.
Case Review – $285-$485. This feee is on a sliding scale based on the complexity of the case and time spent on review of medical records, research, and creation of the Treatment Plan, the 60-75 minute appointment with the staff clinician reviewing the Report of Findings, any lifestyle, dietary, and nutritional recommendations. An additional charge may be applied if your case involves an extensive review of medical records.
60 Minute Follow-up: $150. Includes the 60-minute follow-up appointment with the staff clinician.
45 Minute Follow-up: $112. Includes the 45-minute follow-up appointment with the staff clinician.
30 Minute Follow-up: $75. Includes the 30-minute follow-up appointment with the staff clinician.
15 Minute Follow-up: $37. Includes the 30-minute follow-up appointment with the staff clinician.
Bi-weekly Check In’s: $60. Includes the 30-minute appointment with your Health Coach.
Functional Laboratory Tests:
Our goal in ordering laboratory testing is to be thorough, yet cost effective. With that said, many of the test we order are only partially covered by insurance, or not covered at all. The reason for this is that many of these labs apply advanced technology that has not yet been accepted by conventional medicine and insurance carriers. Of course, that fact makes it no less important in discovering the underlying causes of your health concerns.
Some examples of labs that we order include:
A comprehensive blood chemistry panel. The panel that we use in the ADAPT framework for our Case Review process provides us with a wealth of knowledge. It screens for an array of issues including, but not limited to, liver and kidney issues, gut infections, viral and bacterial infections, insulin resistance, anemias, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, thyroid dysfunction, and impaired methylation.
Added blood tests for specific conditions. A few specific add on tests may be necessary to fully understand the underlying patterns of functional impairment as they relate to specific conditions.
Advanced stool testing. The scientific literature clearly supports the fact that gut health is of paramount importance. Our stool testing identifies things such as bacterial imbalances, bacterial overgrowth, infection, parasites, leaky gut, methylation issues, nutrient absorption issues, and detoxification capacity.
Urine organic acid testing. Many clues regarding the imbalances in our bodies can be found in testing the urine. These include such things as bacterial and fungal overgrowth, oxidative stress, methylation issues, and detoxification capacity.
Urine Hormone testing. We utilize the most advanced testing available when studying the adrenal and sex hormones.
The lab tests recommended for the Case Review process can range between $500 and $3,900. We will do our best to work with you to only order what best suits your needs, preferences, and budget. Some tests can be staggered over time to help alleviate financial concerns.
CANCELLING AND RESCHEDULING POLICIES
If you wish to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please use the ‘Appointments’ section in your Patient Portal.
For the following appointments, 24 business hours is required to cancel or reschedule. As an illustration, if an appointment is on a Monday at 9 AM, canceling by 9 AM on the prior Friday provides one full business days’ notice. Cancellation fees will equal 50% of the appointment fee for the first cancellation that does not provide 24 business hours’ notice, and 100% of the appointment fee for subsequent late cancellations.
Case Review Appointments:
The Case Review appointment must be rescheduled or cancelled at least 72 business hours prior to your appointment or cancellations fees will apply. If you want to reschedule or cancel with less than 72 business hours’ notice, please note that you will be charged the full Case Review fee. When you reschedule, you will be charged the clinicians hourly rate for the appointment.
SUPPLEMENT AND TEST RETURNS AND REFUNDS
Unopened supplements are eligible for a full refund, minus shipping costs and administrative/restocking fees (if charged by the supplement vendor), within the timeframe allowed by the supplement vendor. CCFM cannot issue a refund for supplements that have been opened, or in cases where the supplement vendor deems the supplement non-refundable.
CCFM will refund the cost of any laboratory tests that have been paid for, but not performed to the original credit card used for the purchase, or a check if the card is no longer valid. However, CCFM cannot refund lab tests after the lab has processed your results or if it has been longer than 6 months since the date of purchase.
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Do you have questions about our program and starting your path back to health? We are happy to answer any questions you have to determine if Carolina Center for Functional Medicine is right for you.