The Body Genius Institute is committed to providing the highest level, most comprehensive care for our patients. As part of this, we use many different functional medicine lab tests that require extra overhead in terms of both support staff and practitioner time.
As a result, we have instituted a $75 administrative and interpretation fee for testing ordered. This helps us to offset the cost associated with having these tests available to our patients. The costs that we bear for this type of testing include:
- Staff time to process the test orders and fill out referral forms
- Ordering of test kits and, in some cases, keeping physical stock and mailing the kits to the patient
- Obtaining lab results from the individual labs and ordering recollects/billing corrections when labs make errors
- Uploading, sorting and organising the results into the patient chart- Recording lab values in the patient charts to streamline practitioner workflow.
- Practitioner time for reviewing lab testing prior to case review.
In addition, our practitioners and staff spend a significant amount of time creating patient instructions to address specific protocols and preparing for each test as needed, as well as answering patient concerns and questions with regards to test preparation.
On the practitioner side, time is required to review all lab results and build individual roadmaps based on the results.
In addition, our practitioners spend a significant amount of time researching the best, most accurate, highest available tests, and we are constantly amending our lab resources to reflect our patients’ best interest and highest clinical testing. It is our highest priority to only recommend tests whose results will provide us with meaningful action steps for improving the health of our patients.
We recognise that functional medicine care can be expensive and, at the same time, we are committed to trying to keep the costs as low as possible. It should be noted that the cost at which we are able to offer the testing is still below what patients normally pay for these tests at similar practices or lab testing companies.
Director – The Body Genius Institute