|Treatment Fees and Policies
Specialty Monthly-fee Programs
HIV Program: $100/month. Ryan White Funding provided
by Multnomah County Health Department allows for further reduction of
fees for persons who meet financial need criteria. Usual participation
is acupuncture once per week, massage therapy every other week, and prescribed
Program: $150/month. Usual participation is acupuncture twice
per week, massage every other week, and prescribed supplements.Hepatitis C Program, Diabetes Program, Rheumatoid
Arthritis Program, MS Program: $150/month. Usual participation is
acupuncture once per week, massage therapy every other week and prescribed
supplements. Note: if it is determined that a client should receive
treatments less frequently, they may elect to switch to a payment schedule
of $25/visit, $15/massage & supplements at wholesale pricing. However,
a client must elect one pricing structure or the other; switching back
and forth is not permitted.
Payment by Treatment Program
Pain Clinic (includes miscellaneous disorders): $25/acupuncture treatment; $15/massage treatment when available, up
to twice per month. Supplements are available at a reduced rate.
Payment is expected at the time of service; for monthly
programs, the payment should be made at the beginning of the month and
the payment does not vary on the basis of service utilization (whether
you come for frequent treatments or infrequent treatments, including vacations).
If you are truly unable to pay the standard monthly fees,
you may apply for a fee reduction by filling in our financial aid form.
IEP was established as a research clinic. Periodically
the data that we collect is reviewed and used for to further knowledge
of the efficacy of traditional medicine. We ask that clinic participants
make every effort to come to the facility on time for their appointments.
If cancellations must be made, please do so as far ahead as possible.
Repeated no-shows (not canceling an appointment and not showing up) will
lead to termination of your participation.
Service and Supplements Limits
Acupuncture sessions are limited to three times per week
unless otherwise prescribed by the practitioners. Massage therapy sessions
are limited to once every other week, unless otherwise prescribed. Herbal
and nutritional supplements are based on prescription. If you have concerns
about the amount of supplements prescribed, please speak with a practitioner
about reviewing your prescriptions. Our clinic has limited facilities
and is not able to provide adequate assistance for persons with severe
physical or mental impairment. If such conditions develop during your
participation at IEP, we may recommend that you seek other services. In
some instances, home visits can be arranged with individual staff practitioners.
The Nature of Adjunct Therapies
The clinic specializes in providing services that are
an adjunct to standard medical services that you receive from your personal
physician(s). You will not be asked to change the use of any prescription
drugs or otherwise alter your prescribed treatment by your medical doctor.
In certain instances, we may recommend that you discuss with your doctor
making some changes in your standard treatment. Our naturopathic physician
(Edythe Vickers, N.D.) may prescribe a drug therapy in some cases; please
inform her of any other drugs you are taking. Similarly, you should provide
your personal physician with the information about any items prescribed
Concerns and Complaints
If you have a concern or complaint about the services
you receive, the supplements, or any aspect of the clinic, please present
them as soon as convenient. As appropriate, please discuss with either
the attending clinician, the assistants, or the program manager (Subhuti
Dharmananda: 503–233–4907). You are welcome to write a letter or note
with your concerns if you prefer. We will attempt to address the matter(s)
and provide either an improvement or an explanation.
Discontinuing the Program
There can be a number of reasons for discontinuing participation
at IEP; of course, the ideal reason is that you health has improved to
the point that you do not require further treatment. If you decide to
discontinue the program, please inform us of your decision and, if possible,
state a reason; should you discontinue only the office visits but wish
to obtain more supplements, you can obtain them at wholesale prices. Generally,
if we have not seen you at the clinic for about one month, we will try
to contact you before inactivating you.