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Zanne
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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I drove by a strip mall that I go by all the time, but there was a new sign up today. Apparently, a new "shop" has opened and you can walk in and have 100's of lab tests, no doctor required. Is this something that has been going on in other places and has just reached the Northeast US or is this new everywhere? It seems a little off to me. How do you know what lab tests you need? how do you know if you are interpreting them correctly? Is it just me? Or is this a function of the lack of health insurance in this country and they can do it cheaper or not put thing in your "permanent record"?
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never heard of it. To me it only sounds worthwhile if you can keep this stuff off your record to keep insurance. You still need a doc to interp the results and follow up. I don't really see the point otherwise.

Edited-- I have seen this for drug testing.
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   Posted 6/4/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Most labs include "normal" reference values along w/the individual's results. There are dozens of online sites w/explanations of the various lab tests and indications of what too high or too low results might indicate.

IF these labs used standard approved tests and procedures correctly I can certainly see their value. If one has no insurance and these labs are considerably cheaper than the insurance approved labs I can see their value.

This is the first I've heard of them - but - they could be a good thing for many. My concern would be for the quality of the testing: do they used approved methods, maintain quality control and cleanliness standards, etc.


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karendee
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   Posted 6/5/2009 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
That is interesting...
If I saw that I might give it a try. I also ask my Dr for tests when needed though and my insurance pays so I would only do it if it was inexpensive.
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   Posted 6/5/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Quest Labs have offered this option here in Western Washingtopn for several years. I was quite tempted to use it once when my former PCP refused to order a test I felt necessary. Fortunately for my pocketbook my rheumy ordered it upon my request.

Quest bundles test you order for certain conditions like diabetes, allergies, cholesterol, etc. I guess this would be a useful option for someone without insurance that cannot afford a doctor but feels they need to check on a current condition or suspect they might have a problem. I do believe that if results are abnormal that the results come with a message to see a physician.
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   Posted 6/5/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I am insured but I still regularly order myself tests without any doctor using directlabs.com, which is affiliated with LabCorps, which, like Quest, does most if its business for insured patients with doctor's prescriptions- you order online and pay without a prescription and then walk in to one of LabCorps labs in your city or area. I love this option because I don't have to beg and haggle with God, I mean my doctor, if I want a test, nor do I appreciate having to pull teeth to get the results either, and I do know alot about the test results' meaning from my own research, so I don't always need a doc. or ND to interpret. To give an example of the prices, LabCorps charges about $29 for an internet ordered CBC or a simple blood cholesterol test, and $92 or something up there for a VAP Cholesterol test that actually measures (as opposed to calculating) breaks down the sub-types of LDL etc... and hundreds for some advanced tests. It sounds like this place may be cheaper still, which could be good for some tests.


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Zanne
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   Posted 6/5/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I had never heard of anything like it. I went to their web site. They do all the standard CBC stuff, but it seems to be geared to HIV and DNA tests. Which given the right situation, you might not want a record of.... Still, I don't have to pay anything for lab work so I guess I'll keep doing what I'm doing.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


GDen
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   Posted 6/5/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Labcorps seem to be across most of the US (according to their web site). I've used them and Quest. Walmarts (around here at least) used to have clinics which could collect for Lab Corp. Recently, The Little Clinics have been opening up in grocery stores and they offer cholesterol tests, which were free for the month of May.

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 6/6/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Quest Labs are popular in our area. I detest them. In our area at least they will NOT under any circumstances release the results to the patient AND they will NOT release the results to ANY doctor except the scripting doctor.

I use our local hospital's Outpatent lab and have them send the results to both the ordering doctor (for instance my gastro) AND ALSO to my family doctor and they comply w/no problems. I have the results of ALL my test and procedure results sent to my family doctor as well as the ordering doctor.

It gave me great pleasure to see Quest Labs were fined heavily by the government for some infraction, seems to me it was their insistence that theirs was the best and only reliable vitamin D 25 hydroxy test and it turns out not only was it NOT the best, it wasn't even particularly accurate if I remember correctly.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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