The Cost of Functional Medicine Lab Testing & Diagnostics

by 
Tara Viswanathan
The Cost of Functional Medicine Lab Testing & Diagnostics

When we pay for health insurance, it’s difficult to wrap our minds around paying out-of-pocket for services not covered under our insurance plan. And sadly, if you’re looking to get functional and integrative care, most insurance companies have not caught up with the time yet, and don’t cover these services. The total expenses can often make integrative care seem out of reach.  

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Pricing and Payment

A significant factor affecting the price of Functional Medicine appointments is specialty lab cost. An average cost of specialty labs can range from $200 - $1000. These cost can make functional medicine testing feel overwhelming.

But don’t stress, we want you to know that Rupa Health is on a mission to make root cause medicine easily accessible to all practitioners and patients alike.

In order to do this, we now support multiple payment options for specialty labs and Medicare coverage with many of Genova’s tests.

This can help take the burden off the upfront cost of Root Cause Medicine.

How does Rupa Health’s Pricing Work?

Test pricing is the same whether you or your patient pays for the order. We always give patients the practitioner wholesale price for lab tests, along with a 7% ordering fee (which helps Rupa cover our costs!). Most of the time, this still comes out to less than what a patient would pay the lab directly. You can check out all of our lab test cost in our catalog here.

Rupa Health’s Top Ordered Specialty Labs

Test Name: GI Effects

Company: Genova

What it is: Comprehensive Stool Testing

What is it used for: It looks at digestion/absorption levels, Inflammation levels, presence of parasites and worms, your gut microbiome breakdown, and bacteria, including h. Pylori, Campylobacter, and Clostridium difficile (c diff).

Insurance Coverage: Yes! Medicare and Tricare

Other Payment Options Offered Via Rupa Health’s Portal

  • Credit or Debit
  • Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA)
  • Health Spending Accounts (HSA)
  • 3-Month Payment Plans

Test Name: DUTCH Complete

Company: Precision Analytics

What is it: Extensive Hormone Panel

What is it used for: It assesses sex and adrenal hormones, as well as daily free cortisol pattern, organic acids, melatonin, and 8-OHdG.

Insurance: No

Other Payment Options Offered Via Rupa Health’s Portal

  • Credit or Debit
  • Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA)
  • Health Spending Accounts (HSA)
  • 3-Month Payment Plans

Test Name; Food Sensitivity Panel

Company: U.S. Biotek  

What is it: A comprehensive assessment of food sensitivities.

What is it used for: To rule out IgG mediated food sensitivities.

Insurance: No insurance coverage

Other Payment Options Offered Via Rupa Health’s Portal

  • Credit or Debit
  • Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA)
  • Health Spending Accounts (HSA)
  • 3-Month Payment Plans

Test Name: SIBO Breath Test

Company: Genova

What it is: A non-invasive breath test that evaluates bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine. Biomarkers are Hydrogen and Methane.

What is it used for: To confirm the diagnosis or rule out SIBO (small intestine bacteria overgrowth).

Insurance: Yes! Medicare and Tricare

Other Payment Options Offered Via Rupa Health’s Portal

  • Credit or Debit
  • Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA)
  • Health Spending Accounts (HSA)
  • 3-Month Payment Plans

Summary

Functional Medicine costs can seem overwhelming at first. But Rupa Health is on a mission to help make root cause medicine more readily available for patients and practitioners alike.

If you are interested in learning more about specialty lab testing, we highly suggest reaching out to one of our amazing onboarding managers.

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References

Tara Viswanathan
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CEO & Co-Founder, Rupa Health.
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