One of the problems with wellness medicine is the lack of health insurance coverage., the reason for this is simple.
INSURANCE vs. CASH
|Treatment Based||Preventive Based|
|Centuries Old||Confucius Old|
|Easy to Quantify||Hard to Quantify|
|Tends to be More Objective||Tends to be More Subjective|
|Insurance Will Pay||You Will Pay|
Whereas the traditional allopathic medicine can be quantified
(example: if you get pneumonia, doctor gives you antibiotics, this is a quantifiable result which health insurance will pay for. Observe the following example in wellness medicine: A fifty-year old CEO has not been sick in the last 10 years. Yet, is consistently tired, getting fat despite significant changes in his exercise and diet, sleeps poorly, and feels 20 years older than he is. He has been multiple physicians that tell him that he’s not sick, he’s just feeling his age. He sees his wellness doctor who makes him feel better.
The result above is very difficult to quantify. What does it mean to feel better? To function better? What is the value of not falling asleep in the mid-afternoon. These things are very difficult, if not impossible to quantify accurately, thus insurance will not pay for this.
This clinic has always been dedicated to the wellness of its patients and thus we do not take any form of health insurance. Simple speaking, health insurance does not understand or wants to get into the business of personalized wellness medicine as the treatment is different for every patient. It would simply cost too much to do so. Even lab work which may have some similarity with what you are doing with your PCP, the insurance-based system will not cover many of the levels we look at