Many people are interested in visiting a naturopathic physician at Bastyr Center for Natural Health but aren’t sure what to expect. Learn how a naturopathic medicine appointment works at Bastyr Center.
At your first appointment at Bastyr Center, you will be asked to complete a patient information form and health history. It is helpful if you bring along copies of previous tests, lab results and the names of any medications or natural supplements you are currently taking. You can also save time by bringing the completed forms with you on your first visit. (Download free Adobe Reader software
.) Download and print the PDF documents below. Then bring the completed paperwork with you to your first office call:
Cancellation and No-Show Agreement
Consent for Treatment
Authorization to Release Medical Information
Application for Income-Based Rate Adjustment
For a nutrition visit, please also fill out this form: Diet Diary Instructions.
For a counseling visit, please also fill out this form: Counseling Intake Questionnaire.
For a visit to the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Wellness Clinic, please also fill out this form: DCWC Intake Form.
A parent/legal guardian must attend a minor’s first visit with Bastyr Center for Natural Health. For parents or legal guardians who cannot be present for subsequent visits, please fill out this form: Permission to Treat a Minor Without a Parent/Guardian Present.
Health insurance and financial assistance
You will need to bring your insurance information
with you at the time of your appointment. If you’re unsure about your coverage of complementary and alternative medical care, contact your insurance plan prior to your appointment. For patients without insurance, or whose insurance excludes coverage of Bastyr Center services, we do require payment at the time of treatment. We accept cash, checks, debit cards, Visa and Mastercard. We also offer discounts for cash payment at the time of treatment.
Our Income Based Adjustment responds to the needs of those patients whose financial status makes it difficult to afford our regular fees. To determine whether you qualify for the plan (you must meet certain income and family-size requirements), visit our special rates page
, call 206.834.4100
or fill out an application at your first appointment.
Please note: In some instances, your insurance will cover all services. In the event that services are not covered by your insurance, you are responsible for paying any and all charges.
Length of appointment
Please plan to arrive 30 minutes early to fill out paperwork. Initial appointments vary according to whether you are seeing a team in naturopathic care, homeopathic medicine, nutrition or acupuncture. Typically, first appointments last 1 to 1 1/2 hours, during which time the clinician team formulates a diagnosis and treatment plan that is best for you. Most appointments will include a verbal interview in addition to a routine check of your vital signs, as well as other exams appropriate to your symptoms or concerns. We encourage you to become an active partner in your own health care — to ask questions, discuss issues and take part in the decisions about your treatment.
Please note that various treatments, such as peat baths, hydrotherapy or soft-tissue manipulation may require a change of clothing, etc.
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Patients and providers have rights and responsibilities to one another to ensure that the best health care services are provided.
- Patients and providers have the right and responsibility to treat one another respectfully.
- Patients have the right to confidentiality when receiving care from providers.
- Patients have the responsibility to supply accurate and complete medical history information to the provider.
- Patients have the right to know that a record will be kept of the health care services provided to them. They may ask to view, obtain a copy, or amend or correct that record. Providers will not disclose a patient’s record to others unless directed to do so, in writing, by the patient, or unless the law authorizes or compels
them to do so. (RCW 70.02.120)
- Providers have the responsibility to inform patients about their health condition and include the patient in decisions affecting their care.
- Patients have the right to bring questions, concerns, complaints or compliments about any aspect of one’s care or service to the individual provider, their health plan or provider network.