My introduction to functional medicine was in an integrative clinic. Whenever the clinic ran in the red, the founder poured money in from his for-profit business. This meant we could keep costs reasonable and hardly turned anyone away.
The offerings at the next integrative clinic for me were almost identical, but the costs were not. The first bill easily ran $1,000. I saw huge disagreements as to whether to spend the money with the clinic. I saw divorce, second and third mortgages, bankruptcies and breakdowns.
Functional medicine does not merely seek to introduce an alternative method of treatment. It seeks to reeducate and replace the current outdated model. Yet, it is currently available for higher income patients only.
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