We have updated our fee structure for both acupuncture and coaching services to reflect the following values and beliefs:
- Healthcare access should not be limited to those with financial privilege;
- Oppression impacts who has access to wealth and resources;
- My clients’ honesty and integrity will guide them to act in the interest of the community as a whole; and,
- My financial security is important to my well-being and ability to be present when providing services.
We will now be offering four different levels of pricing for acupuncture and coaching services:
The Pay It Forward price is $10-25 above the actual cost of the service and that extra money goes toward supporting future free and low cost services. It’s an opportunity to support your fellow community members while accessing services. I thank you for your investment and consideration.
The Full price is the actual cost of the service. If you have access to financial security, own property or have personal savings, you would not traditionally qualify for sliding scale services. If you are able to pay for “wants” and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you.
The Tighten the Belt price is for those who are able to meet their basic needs (housing, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation to work) but have little to no expendable income. Paying for the services may qualify as a sacrifice (having to reduce eating out, Starbucks, or buying new clothes) but it would not create hardship. If you are struggling with debt and/or living paycheck to paycheck but have access to steady income, this is your price. If you can ask family members, partners or friends for financial support, please consider using those personal resources before you use the resources of the sliding scale and limit opportunities for others. Two acupuncture and coaching appointments will be available at this price per week. Please email or text me to let me know if you are scheduling an appointment at this price.
The Hardship price is for those who struggle to meet their basic needs (housing, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation to work) and paying for these services would be a significant hardship. Two acupuncture and coaching sessions will be available at this price per week. Please email or text me to let me know if you are scheduling an appointment at this price. In some instances, the hardship price will still not be accessible. In these cases, I will do my best to provide direction to free or low cost resources including but not limited to playlists on my YouTube channel and Facebook page and resources on my blog. I am also working to offer “pay what you can” community acupuncture when it is safe to have small groups of people together indoors.
Please be mindful that if you purchase services at the lowest end of the scale when you can afford the higher prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself about your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. It also respects the work of providers who have families to support and rent to pay.
Note: I won’t ask to see any proof and rely on your honesty, integrity and compassion when placing yourself on the scale.
This financial structure is based on the work of Alexis J. Cunningfolk of Worts & Cunning Apothecary who also created the image above which illustrates financial privilege and access. Consider reading The Sliding Scale: A Tool for Economic Justice.