My Ins. Co. uses a national lab for everything - sent off UPS. Takes 5-7 business days for anything.
My Uro. uses Bostwick, but with UPS standard being the only allowed reimbursed
shipping mode, it still takes 5 days. They do group stuff, so if there is something critical going, they box it all up together under the faster shipping.
Bostwick writes off the difference. My Ins. only would pay for a 6 core biopsy, and the Uro. did 12. Bostwick took the hit. Kudos to them.
It is very close to inhuman to ask someone to wait that long, but we let the companies run things, so we are at their mercy (profit margins).
When I lived overseas, under a national health care, it was stand in line for hours with 150 people for a blood test, but the results were back the next day.
I'm honestly not sure which is worse.
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