The Cost of Functional Medicine: What you can expect


Functional medicine, a holistic approach to healthcare, has gained popularity in recent years. Unlike conventional medicine, which often focuses on symptom management, functional medicine aims to identify and address the underlying causes of health issues. In this comprehensive article, we will delve into the intricacies of functional medicine costs, examining various factors that influence pricing.

Factors Impacting Functional Medicine Costs

Practitioner Expertise and Credentials:

The qualifications and experience of functional medicine practitioners play a significant role in determining costs. Established doctors with specialized training may charge higher fees.

Geographic Location:

Prices vary based on where you seek treatment. Urban centers tend to have higher overhead costs, which can translate to higher fees for patients.

Complexity of Health Conditions:

The severity and complexity of your health issues affect the overall cost. Extensive testing, personalized treatment plans, and ongoing consultations contribute to expenses.

Treatment Modalities Used:

Functional medicine employs a range of tools, including dietary modifications, lifestyle adjustments, supplements, and specialized testing. Each modality has associated costs.

Treatment structure:

Most practitioners sell their services in packages or memberships, which include the cost of labs and follow ups. Some offer a-la-carte options and pay as you go. 


Specific Cost Considerations:

Initial Consultation

The first visit to a functional medicine practitioner typically ranges from $200 to $650.

During this consultation, the practitioner reviews your health history, symptoms, and goals. The practitioner determines what lab work is necessary and may order them at the end of the consult. There is a big range of what the lab testing costs. Read here for an in-depth look at functional labs. 

Follow-Up Appointments

Subsequent visits may cost between $175 and $500 on average. This will depend on the time increments (15, 30, 60, 75 minutes)

The average hourly price of a functional medicine consultation is about $460. 

These appointments involve progress assessments, treatment plan adjustments, and addressing patient concerns.

The average cost of signing up for a package and/or initial consult a-la-carte, is about $1200. Packages can vary greatly in cost, but typically can be the best investment and provide the most value if you are looking to get the most out of your time.

Laboratory Testing

Functional medicine relies heavily on specialized lab tests to identify imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and other factors.

The cost ranges anywhere from $150-$600 per test. 

Unfortunately, most insurance plans do not fully cover these tests, adding to the overall cost. 


Supplements and Nutraceuticals

Functional medicine often prescribes high-quality supplements, herbs, and vitamins.

Patients should budget for ongoing expenses related to these recommendations.

Nutraceuticals on any given program can range from $50-$200 per month. 


Insurance Coverage

Most insurance plans do not fully cover functional medicine services.

However, health savings accounts (HSAs) or flexible spending accounts (FSAs) may allow you to use pre-tax dollars for functional medicine costs.

Some practitioners can provide a superbill for patients to give to their insurance. 




Functional medicine offers a personalized and holistic approach to health. As awareness grows and more individuals seek alternatives to conventional medicine, the industry continues to evolve. Ultimately, the decision to invest in functional medicine depends on your health goals, budget, and belief in addressing root causes.

Remember that prioritizing your health is an investment in your future well-being. Functional medicine is the best choice if you are searching for long term health solutions that treat the root cause of your ailments. 

Book your appointment with Mana Integrative health to learn more about how functional medicine can help you achieve your health goals.

By Montserrat Corsino, L.Ac., MSOM
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Montserrat is the owner and lead practitioner of Mana Integrative Health. She specializes in helping exhausted moms with hormonal, digestive, and mental/emotional imbalances.