No health insurance required at new River Arts District family medicine practice in Asheville


Integrative Family Medicine is keeping its overheard low by not accepting health insurance and thus offering holistic health care at super-cheap prices. From the clinic’s newsletter:

The Integrative Life Program is our solution and we are confident that through exploring this model with patients and other health care practitioners we can further develop this solution together. By applying the principles of simplicity, sustainability, quality, and collaboration, we are able to provide the following services for less than what most people are paying for their phone or cable bills.
For $40 a month and a year commitment, you will get:
A full physical
Nutrition consult
All basic labs* for the year
Unlimited regular office visits for $20
Primary care acupuncture for $50
A $30 discount off all procedures
Free access to all of our classes
Support from our growing community
Our monthly classes will feature local experts giving practical courses on cooking, healthy shopping on a budget, growing your own foods, using foods as medicine, herbal medicine, yoga, meditation, qigong and more.

As the program develops, we will begin to offer weekly classes and course series based on patient interest. We want you to be able to take care of yourself and your community. We will help you learn these skills. We will support you in enjoying a vital, fulfilling life.

The office is located on Depot Street in the heart of Asheville’s River Arts District. I’m working on a story about the practice and its founders, so look for details coming soon.


boogs April 29, 2012 - 12:19 am

Looks like a good idea, but with multiple sclerosis, I need to have a neurologist and physical therapy, neither of which I’d be able to cover out-of-pocket.

Herbalearn April 25, 2012 - 11:16 am

Excellent business plan, similar to my own plan, but primary care acupuncture for $50? As an acupuncturist who believes the medicine is most effective when received daily til resolution (as is the practice in Chinese hospitals) this fee is definitely less workable. Have you considered an initial intake charge with a certain number of follow-up tx included? I do $60 a week, with the option to come every day for a quick support tx. This means the pt can pay $60 for up to 5 tx, or if they choose to come one time it is a $60 fee for one tx. Also, if the primary doc is too busy, she does not need to do the follow-ups, meaning you have an opening for new docs to start building a practice.

Jean Bennett April 25, 2012 - 9:02 am

Great for all of you!! I wish you the best in this wonderful idea. There will be lots of us watching you to see how it works, so feel free to contact me if there is anything I can do to help. Sometimes the eyes looking in from the outside can give a different perspective.
Love, Light, and Laughter sent your way… (New York)

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