INSURANCE & PAYMENTS

Fees & Payment

Balanced Body Wellness Centre strives to provide Holist Healthcare at competitive prices without additional fees or mandatory subscription for services.  

Balanced Body Wellness Centre operates as a self-pay clinic. We accept cash, checks or credit cards for services rendered.  Many patients choose to use a FHA/HSA for payment.  We provide a superbill(detailed, coded invoice) for services provided which can be submitted to insurance for reimbursement claims.  The amount reimbursed by your insurance depends entirely on the type of insurance you carry.

Seeing a functional medicine doctor can be a very different experience than what you would typically expect from a doctor. 

Functional healthcare practioniers take the time to get to know you, understand your health concerns in detail, and provide solutions that encompass lifestyle, nutrition, supplements, and medications, if needed. Longer appointments are key in being able to make sure you are heard without interruption.

Unfortunately, health insurance has largely dictated how long medical doctors can spend with their patients. This has left many patients dissatisfied with the rushed, superficial approaches they often encounter in healthcare. 

 Practicing functional, integrative, or naturopathic medicine–value the time they spend with their patients and don’t want insurance companies inserting themselves into the relationship. For this reason, they charge their fees directly to the patient. In most cases, severing their ties with insurance companies allows functional medicine practioniers to charge less yet spend more time with their patients–a win-win. Functional Healthcare is considered preventative care by insurance companies thus many services and testing are not covered by insurance. Depending on where the practice is located, functional medicine practitioners charges average $150 per hour in Georgia.(national average is around $120- $450 per hour). Many of the lab tests done in functional medicine are more in-depth (and more interesting!) than you’ve typically seen from your usual doctor. Additionally, many of these tests can be performed in the comfort of your own home. Unfortunately, insurance companies have been slow to realize the importance of these tests.  Because you are unique, lab tests are personalized to your health condition.

Most functional medicine practitioners often choose to start with natural approaches to their treatment when possible, and this often involves supplements. The quality of supplements varies widely, and so does the cost. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Functional vs. Traditional Medicine Pricing

Even though these lab tests seem quite expensive, if you have a high deductible health plan and haven’t met your annual deductible, you’ll likely pay much higher prices for similar testing in a traditional clinic’s lab, and most of the time the comprehensiveness of these types of tests aren’t available in that setting. Additionally, up-front pricing is very difficult to get in the traditional clinic or health care system, and often you don’t know the “sticker price” until the bill comes, sometimes with very unpleasant “sticker shock”!

Your functional medicine practiontier should help you sort through your lab testing needs and offer you options that suit your budget, or help you prioritize the tests so that you can get the most important ones done first. 

 

How to Decide What is Right For You

If the cost of functional medicine care seems overwhelming for you, consider looking at your spending on medical care over the last year. Ask yourself whether the care you received was helpful, or if you felt supported and cared for. Was the treatment effective?

Add in the cost of supplements and over-the-counter medications you may have purchased on your own, or at the suggestion of a friend or family member. When you look closely at what you are typically spending on health care, it might surprise you to find out that functional medicine care is more within reach than you thought. 

Office Visit/Functional Medicine Visits

Initial Functional Medicine New Patient Consultation: $280 (Pediatric Ages 3 to 8 $150)

Please allow 1 1/2-2 hours for your initial visit, which will include an in-depth consultation, review of medical records and  exam by your health care provider and approximately 20 to 30 minutes of consultation with your health coach. We will review with you the procedures for obtaining initial diagnostic laboratory testing if needed at your initial visit.

Office Visit FOLLOW UP

Office Follow up visit: $80

The follow up visit will last between 30 and 45 minutes with your practitioner or practitioniers assistant. The frequency of subsequent follow-up visits will depend entirely on your unique health conditions and treatment plan. Some patients will require follow up every 2 to 3 weeks initially, whereas others may need to be seen much less frequently.

We offer health coaching sessions without an accompanying

consultation by a physician or physician assistant.

 

These sessions are ideal for those who are interested in achieving better overall health through hands

on dietary and lifestyle interventions.

Forms of Payment

We accept cash, checks or credit cards for services rendered.

Payment is expected at time of service.  HSA credit cards or checks are accepted. 

We do accept Care Credit.

For the most up-to-date information on our fees:

Contact our clinic directly at 770-425-6068

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