This is a repost for those who missed it last January.
I have to get a blood
test for Cumadin, every 3-4 weeks. This is a pain when we are on the road and I have to go looking for a blood
lab. I have to pay cash since I use a HMO and am not old enough for Medicare. Some labs only take insurance, hospitals have no idea what they will charge until they send you a bill, etc. I have paid $18-$125 for the same test.
I have discovered the perfect solution for locating the nearest blood
lab and getting the best price on the tests I need.
The online company is called PersonaLabs www.personalabs.com
Once you set up an account, you can order any of more than 700 blood
tests. They drop into a shopping cart, just like Amazon. They have a deal with 1,700 labs around the U.S. and you can search for the nearest one. The lab order goes into the lab's computer system, showing it prepaid and
the charge is the cheap one that the insurance companies get. Not the walk-in cash price rip off. When you check out online, you can pay with PayPal.
Once you have checked out, the prepaid lab order goes into a computer system that all of the labs have access to. When you get to the lab, you just give them a copy of your confirmation email and the order shows up, prepaid, in the labs system. They like it because they do not have to enter all of your info into their system; it is already there. They see that it is prepaid and they take your blood
and you are out the door. Personalabs will post the results to your online account in about 48 hours. You can email it to your doctor or if you have to fax it as I do, you can use Free Fax • Free Internet Faxing
. I just save the results from my Personalabs account as a file and attach it to the fax on line. You can either send a free fax with an ad on it or pay $1.99 for a non-ad fax. Again, you can use PayPal for the fax.
PersonaLabs also points out that since you order your own tests and the results are only sent to you, that you can have tests done and the results will not be available to your insurance company or anyone else. I find that I like to have an ocassional blood
test done and don't want to have to go through my doctor to get the lab slip. If I want him to have the results, I can send it to him or not.
I have used PersonaLabs for about 2 years and all up and down the West Coast. It is a great system and I recommend it.