The #1 question we are asked is whether or not we take insurance and, if not, “Why not?” We explain that YOUR insurance carrier decides who is covered and what is reimbursable, not us. We also give them the bad news that if they lived in a civilized society or a state such as Oregon or Connecticut or others…that the exact same thing we are doing for them WOULD be reimbursable, even mandated by law to be reimbursable in SOME states.
Why the discrepancy? Is true preventative integrative medicine really that different from conventional medicine? Why yes, yes it is! For starters, we evaluate you as a whole, unique, connected human being. Conventionally trained medical doctors geDiseasenerally address only your immediate complaint and then compartmentalize it from the rest of your health. We believe in each patient’s ability to heal themselves when given the right tools and the obstacles to cure are removed.
We believe in Self-Care Reform, that is, for healing to occur, you must eat well, exercise, and sleep restfully and manage stress levels. This is quite different from someone who receives two coronary bypass surgeries without being told to stop smoking or give up toxin-loaded animal products. We can help clients who are coming to prevent scary surgeries and illnesses and clients who are trying to avoid them from happening again.
“So….you do, or don’t take insurance?”
Let me ask YOU a question…
“How HEALTHY are you becoming by using your current health insurance plan options?”
Don’t worry, we already know the answer.
When you pay your $25 copay to see your insurance-based healthcare provider, are you getting the TIME you need? Are you feeling someone is LISTENING? Do you have the sense someone is working to get to the ROOT of the problem? Do you feel like you’re an important and valued patient, or like you’re one of many, on a loooooong assembly line? Bottom line: are you getting the RESULTS you want?
We spend LOTS of time with my patients, during the visit, after their visits via email, and between their visits researching aspects of their case. Our first appointments last at least an hour and follow up appointments usually last one half-hour, as compared to the average five to six-minute visit of an orthodox medical doctor. In so doing, it is common for us to recognize problems or conditions that orthodox doctors may have missed, likely due to time restrictions, if nothing else.
“How can I afford this if it’s not covered by my insurance?”
Now we are thinking… “How can you not afford true medicine?” Our treatment plans charge a fraction of what orthodox medicine costs all of us as taxpayers. By using natural, non-toxic treatments, you will avoid iatrogenic (ie, doctor-caused) illness. By following these recommendations, you are much more likely to feel better, avoid medications and surgery, and live longer with a better quality of life to boot. Just think of how much money is lost in work time due to surgery, hospitalizations, or poor health, in the long run, …nevermind the productivity losses incurred just by waiting forever to see the doctor and then getting 5 min of their time. You’re also much more likely to feel like we really know you and understand you as a whole person, rather thinking of you as “a case of high cholesterol.”
Many of our diagnostics are covered by insurance or partially. We also take a lot of time to not only provide the highest quality testing but also the most economical ways of getting the answers you need to begin your path to wellness. We are committed to healing people the proper way, without financial hurdles.
Think about your past experiences with health care and you, too, may find that our offerings are a bargain which you can’t refuse. Our patients choose to see us, insurance coverage or not, and are glad they did so. Why? Because we have to be results-driven, customer service-oriented, and genuinely caring.
Now isn’t that the kind of doctor you want for yourself and your family?