Independent Labs

February 13, 2014

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Have you ever been sent to a lab by your physician for blood work? If the lab is not affiliated with a hospital, it is an independent lab. Quest Diagnostics is one example of an independent lab. Independent labs have no association with hospitals. If you have blood drawn at an independent lab, the results will be sent back to your physician just like they would be if you were to get blood drawn at a hospital lab.

The biggest difference between labs is that a CBC (complete blood count) at an independent lab can cost $15 whereas a CBC at a hospital lab can cost around $150. That is a difference of $135 for the exact same test! What a savings!

Quest Diagnostics for example, offers over 3,000 different diagnostic lab tests and works alongside more than half of the physicians in our country. Not only does Quest Diagnostics provide diagnostic testing, but it also provides wellness programs to workplaces around the country to help improve the health of employees and reduce the use of illegal drugs to lower health care costs. By using an independent lab you can lower your health care costs dramatically. Quest Diagnostics has locations in New Hampshire and appointments can be made online. 

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