Regarding labs releasing test results-- HIPAA (the federal law governing release of medical records) gives all patients the right of access to their records, including lab results. However, I probably should have been more clear when I talked about getting results from "the lab." I meant the lab that drew the bloodwork. For example, all my bloodwork is drawn and sent out (or tested in house, depending on what the test is) by my local hospital's outpatient lab. When they get test results back, they forward them to my doctor. However, if I am antsy for results, I can go in to the outpatient lab where the blood was drawn and show picture ID and get a print out of my results.
When blood is sent to an outside lab (like Quest or Mayo), I don't call the performing lab (Quest or Mayo) for results, but I can get them from the hospital lab as soon as they're back instead of waiting for my doctor's office to call. Again, I do have to go in in person and show ID to get the results.
I agree that it is best to wait for your doctor's interpretation, especially when you're waiting for something diagnostic. You can stress yourself unnecessarily by trying to interpret labs on your own. For me, my dad is a doctor and I'm very familiar with the implications of my lab work, so I like to get it as soon as I can.
Sorry for any confusion on this topic!
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