Initial assessments usually last about 1.5 hours and start from £650 including the full letter/report back to the referrer, copied to you. Complex, ADHD/Asperger’s Syndrome assessment packages can be offered and cost from about £750. Autism assessments are tailor-made but start from £850. Follow up sessions of up to an hour cost £290, and pro-rata thereafter.
From 1st April 2021 a 1st follow up appointment after initial consultation that includes a protocol will be charged at £390.
Any face-to- face consultations (if these resume) are charged at higher rates in London owing to room rates.
We are accredited with most of the major insurers, however in recent years BUPA changed their recognition status and systems somewhat, a problem also experienced by other senior clinicians. This is because most medical appointments last thirty minutes and a single (or double length) initial psychiatric assessment may not fit in with their fee structure – you should carefully check with BUPA what their position is. You should, in particular, ask how many initial sessions are authorised and let us know before booking any firm appointments. In addition, as Dr Fry works in an Integrative way, he may recommend specific metabolically focused testing. As yet, the insurance companies are not covering the costs of such testing so if, together, it is agreed to pursue this route, you will need to self-fund. Given what has happened with AXA you may be best advised not to discuss this with insurers in detail as they find this concept too challenging to understand. There may be other ways to proceed as below.
AXA 2018/19: Dr Fry pursued a conversation with AXA-PPP over nearly two years in relation to the metabolic approach and associated testing, supplying considerable published evidence to support such an approach. This appeared to be ongoing until November 2018 when AXA-PPP announced, unilaterally and without further discussion, that they would no longer fund any consultations with him. They said this was because they were paying him to be a psychiatrist not a psychiatrist/physician and patients kept phoning and asking for testing to be covered “which put them in a difficult position.” Dr Fry offered to stop asking for such testing saying he would achieve his ends via other means and adopt a more conventional psychiatric approach with their clients – this, too, was declined and “a commercial decision” was cited. The systems and decision-making processes for reaching this position are unavailable for inspection or audit. If you request a consult with me, you will be told I am not registered with them any longer and they will refuse to tell you why.