Lab work: You have a choice!

No health insurance?  High deductible?  Did you know that that you have a choice when it comes to who conducts your lab work?

Just because you need to have blood drawn doesn’t mean that you have to use the onsite lab at the hospital or doctor’s office.  Many times, their prices are 50-75% higher than the prices charged at smaller, local companies.  That is a substantial difference that can easily add up to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over your lifetime.

You can begin your search for more affordable lab work by asking your healthcare provider if they know of any such services in the area you live.  You can also go online to find a location near you.  The tried and true method of asking around to family and friends is helpful, too!

Companies offering affordable lab work should have a “lab menu” available, which lists the prices for each of their testing options and tells you exactly how much you will be spending up front.  We’ve all been on the receiving end of ridiculously high, unplanned-for healthcare bills, which is never a pleasant experience.  Avoid this from happening by comparing prices and becoming an informed consumer.

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