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Thank you for your interest in becoming a patient at the Kharrazian Clinic.
Please read and understand all the information below before deciding to submit your application.

Dr. Kharrazian’s practice is limited to a very small number of patients. It takes tremendous time and energy for any healthcare provider to manage a complicated case. The patients who typically do well working with Dr. Kharrazian are highly motivated and dedicated to evaluating their case with great depth. Successful management of such cases requires appropriate testing, diagnosis, financial commitment, and realistic clinical expectations.

Due to limitations of Dr. Kharrazian’s schedule and a growing demand to train healthcare professionals, he can only accept new patients who are willing to share their case as an academic clinical case study for the Kharrazian Institute.

The Kharrazian Institute’s focus is to teach clinical practice models to healthcare professionals who are interested in a nutrition, diet, and lifestyle approach to help improve the lives of patients suffering from chronic conditions.

All of Dr. Kharrazian’s new patient cases will be used to educate healthcare professionals at the Kharrazian Institute.

During initial case management, the physical examination, history, and past medical records are formatted into an educational document (personal information redacted for privacy, with the exception of first name).

The case study information is posted on the members-only course website and is available on an ongoing basis. Over time, added case management information may also be added to the case study materials.

Please note: The new patient exam will be videotaped for the academic case study, and there may be ongoing taped interviews with the patient to discuss case progression. In these videos, the patient’s face will be visible. We can make no exceptions to this, or to the use of the first name in the case study materials. 

Depending on the current clinic schedule and Dr. Kharrazian’s availability, once an application is approved it can take between 2 months and 2 years to see Dr. Kharrazian in person as a new patient. The Kharrazian Institute Practitioner Locator is available to help patients locate licensed healthcare professionals with post-graduate training from the Kharrazian Institute.

INSURANCE

The Kharrazian Clinic does not take any form of health insurance, and does not provide insurance codes, superbills, special letters, or any other special invoices or receipts for insurance purposes.

Dr. Kharrazian has a private practice near San Diego, California. To become a patient under his care, you must undertake the two-step process outlined below.

STEP ONE: CASE REVIEW

Dr. Kharrazian has a limited clinical practice and is under high demand domestically and internationally. In response to the large number of patients requesting consultations, he developed the case review process to determine whether he is the right person to support your health care goals. This helps you avoid unnecessary travel time and expenses.

To be scheduled for a case review you must complete a comprehensive application via the clinic’s application portal. The application includes several health questionnaire forms, a detailed medical history, and your recent laboratory results.

Once you submit the application, our staff will review your materials and let you know if additions are required. Due to Dr. Kharrazian’s limited schedule and the extremely high demand for his services, only once an application is approved can we schedule the case review consult.

In preparation for the case review, Dr. Kharrazian will review this information in detail and prepare comprehensive notes.

The case review consult is a 30-minute appointment that can be done by phone or video teleconference.

The case review serves several purposes:

    • It allows Dr. Kharrazian to interpret your health history and lab results to provide his expert opinion on his first impressions about your case.
    • It gives you an opportunity to meet him and ask questions about becoming his patient.
    • It determines whether he is your best choice as a healthcare provider.
    • It gives you a clearer sense of the costs involved in managing your case.

The case review consult is a stand-alone visit—nothing more is required.

The consult is not a guarantee of becoming a patient at the clinic; during the consult, you and Dr. Kharrazian will discuss your case and decide if he is your best choice as a healthcare provider. If so, the next step is to schedule the new patient exam.

Due to the time-intensive process of reviewing a patient’s extensive application materials, and preparing for and conducting the case review, the flat fee is $750.

Treatment recommendations are not discussed at the case review consult. Only after having done the comprehensive in-person exam is Dr. Kharrazian able to create your customized treatment protocols.

STEP TWO: NEW PATIENT EXAM

The new patient exam is the point at which the formal practitioner-patient relationship begins.

After the case review consult, Dr. Kharrazian requires that each new patient comes to his clinic near San Diego, CA for the new patient exam. He will not start with a new patient on a remote basis.

The exam is a comprehensive evaluation that requires 3 to 4 hours of your time in the clinic. Dr. Kharrazian will also spend approximately 6 to 10 hours before and after the appointment to develop a treatment plan, after he has reviewed your health history, past labs, new patient exam findings, and any new lab tests. The exam has a flat fee of $3,000.

After your exam, he may refer you to local labs or medical offices for medical tests. For domestic patients, many tests can be done once you return home. We ask international patients to schedule a few extra days in the area to take advantage of specialty tests that are accessible only in the US.

FOLLOWUP APPOINTMENTS, LAB TESTS, SUPPLEMENTS

Followup appointments with Dr. Kharrazian are scheduled for video teleconference, phone, or in-office, depending on your location and needs. After the initial exam, a patient is not required to come back to the clinic for appointments.

Followup appointments are scheduled for 40 minutes at a cost of $375 (US), and 60 minutes at $500. Most patients typically need two to six followup appointments in the first year.

Lab tests could run between $1,000 to $3,000 during the course of the first year. We do not provide insurance codes or insurance-related receipts for any medical testing that is arranged and billed through our office.

Nutritional supplement costs could run between $1,000 to $3,000 during the course of the first year. The clinic does not sell supplements, but Dr. Kharrazian will make recommendations for where you can find them.

The overall costs for the first year of his care usually run between $5,000 to $10,000. The next year is much less expensive since less effort is required to evaluate your progress. Case management and costs are different for each patient depending on their unique needs.

INSURANCE

The Kharrazian Clinic does not take any form of health insurance, and does not provide insurance codes, superbills, special letters, or any other special invoices or receipts for insurance purposes.

To initiate the case review process with Dr. Kharrazian, please select the red button below.

At this time, new patient inquiries have overwhelmed our limited availability. Please check back periodically.

The Kharrazian Institute Practitioner Locator is available to help patients locate licensed health care professionals with post-graduate training from the Kharrazian Institute.