New Member FAQ
What does it cost to come to Veritas Medical? And will you take my insurance?
Please follow this link to a complete price list. An initial visit fee for an individual $365. Then membership price is $65 a month Which get you access to discounted supplements, discounted labs, and discount an office visit along with unlimited access to all the support services including but not limited to Veritaskitchen.com, our Veritas wellness navigators, and our Veritas education site. Follow up visits are $150 per visit. 15-minute acute urgent care visits are $35. There also nonmember price options that you can find here.
We do not accept insurance. The current insurance system in America forces doctors to see patients for an average of seven minutes and we are not able to perform our job adequately for you in that amount of time. Therefore, we have to operate outside of the current health insurance marketplace. For labs, we can write an order that you can take to another facility that can charge your insurance for your labs. However, many of our patients have high deductibles, significant co-pays, or certain labs just aren’t covered by their insurance, so many people find out cash prices are a better option. We also strongly encourage people to look into HealthShare ministries and health savings accounts. Most if not all HealthShares will pay for the follow-up visits and some of the labs and procedures we perform. We do accept health savings account debit cards also.
Do you treat [fill in the blank]?
We treat people, not diseases. There is no symptom or diagnosis that would preclude someone from becoming a Veritas patient. We often say that we don’t treat any diseases because what we really do is focus on helping you change the diet and lifestyle habits that research shows are the root cause to just about every western disease… including the top killers of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. It is a radical shift of mindset but we do try to ignore, to a degree, the diagnosis label and focus on teaching the patient how to give the body all that is required for normal function and removing from the body anything impeding normal function.
Do I keep my current doctor?
You can keep your current doctor, and we can act as consultants or we can be your PCP.
Is this basically just a diet change?
No. We believe all 4 pillars are important to achieve and maintain health and wellness: nutrition, hydration, movement, and peace. Of course, with the standard American diet being the most deadly diet man has ever invented, it is extremely important for people to get off of that and start eating real food. However, people who eat perfectly all day, every day but have a tremendous amount of stress in their life cannot be healthy.
If I live far away, is it still worth it to become a member?
Yes. We see a number of people from out of town, out of state and occasionally out of the country. The state of Texas requires us as medical practitioners to have a face-to-face visit once a year in order to establish a doctor-patient relationship, to be able to diagnose and to be able to prescribe. However, all the additional follow-up visits after that initial visit can be done via phone, Skype, or FaceTime. Since much of what we do is monitor people for signs and symptoms of inflammation and then simply teach people about and support them in their diet and lifestyle changes, most of what we do can be done long distance. We make a concerted effort to keep the vast majority of our education and support services available virtually so out-of-towners can still benefit from our services.
How often will I come see my practitioner?
As often as you feel like you need to. Some patients feel like they need more frequent visits and support while others feel like they need more time between visits to implement the plan they received at the previous visit. The practitioners will give their opinion and for the vast majority of new patients who are not extremely sick, they can plan to be seen every 2 to 3 months. For those who are extremely sick, they may need a monthly visit for a few months. However, the goal is to move relatively quickly into a healthier state so that the follow-ups can be spaced out to 4-6 months and eventually annually. For those of you who are well and just looking for a clinic like ours to be your PCP then just an annual visit will suffice.
Will I see a doctor or a nurse practitioner or physician assistant?
This depends on what location you will be going to and if Dr. Edwards’s schedule is open to new patients at the time that you come. Currently, our Abilene and San Angelo offices are staffed by nurse practitioners only. At the Lubbock office, Dr. Edwards would love to see every new patient for their initial visit and then have them follow up with a nurse practitioner or physician assistant; however, due to the sheer volume of patients needing our services, that is not always possible. Please feel free to call or email to find out if Dr. Edwards is seeing new patients currently or if the nurse practitioners and physician assistants are seeing the new patient visits.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is a rapidly growing specialty that focuses on trying to address the root causes of disease instead of just treating the end results of disease. A great example of this would be Type 2 Diabetes. Functional Medicine doctors will try and help the patient reverse the root cause, which is insulin resistance, instead of just treating the end result, which is high blood sugar. When root causes are addressed then diseases can go into remission. For more on what Functional Medicine is, watch this short video where Dr. Edwards explains it more: