What is Functional Medicine?

Instead of merely targeting symptoms, functional medicine seeks the optimal functioning of the whole body and the organs. It addresses the underlying causes of disease.

What is the difference between the terms Integrated Medicine and Functional Medicine?  Integrated Medicine and Functional Medicine are very similar, and the terms are often used interchangeably.   Both focus on root-cause medicine and both use natural interventions as much as possible.  Integrated Medical practices often combine the best of traditional medicine along with the best of natural medicine.   In contrast, not all Functional Medicine practices offer traditional medicine.

We are an insurance-free practice.  Why and what does that mean?

We do not contract with insurance carriers, and therefore, we cannot bill insurance for any of our services.   We also opted-out of Medicare and Medicaid.

At Wellspring Medical, we like the term insurance-free, because medicine that is practiced free from insurance allows the freedom to serve you and not your insurance carrier.   This means that we can pursue the most effective treatments options for your unique challenges.

Our direct-pay practice may different than what you are used to, and we understand your apprehension.

Here are some key points to consider:

  • Insurance-free medicine puts you, the patient, in the driver’s seat.
  • Insurance-free medicine may be lower than your deductibles.
  • An insurance-free approach is often more comprehensive and high-quality.
  • Choosing a more natural approach isn’t considered “standard and customary” by the insurance carriers, therefore, our services typically aren’t covered.
  • Over 80% of our patients have insurance, and yet they still choose us.
  • You can use your Health Savings Accounts and FLEX Spending Accounts.
  • Specialty lab tests would not be covered by insurance.   However, bloodwork and certain labs (nutritional panels, stool tests) typically can be billed to your insurance.