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It pays to have a lab handy

The following is a dramatization.

Kevin, a middle-aged man, found that he was suffering from frequent thirst and urination, that he was often hungry, and that he got a tingling sensation in his hands and feet. His doctor recommended he get tested for diabetes. This was easier said than done, because Kevin didn’t have access to diagnostic laboratory services.

Kevin had health insurance through his employer, which covered the cost of the test. The problem was that he had to arrange a day off work in order to drive to the hospital with the lab and back again, at a time when his office was particularly busy. This meant waiting until the middle of next week just to have the test done. Once that was done, he had to wait several more weeks to get the results. All this added up to a very long time to wonder just how unhealthy he really was.

Michael, who had the same symptoms, had subscribed to concierge medicine. He had the test done on a Saturday and got the results on Monday.

Diagnostic laboratory services

A diagnostic lab should be is CLIA waived. What this means is that the lab meets the standards of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, or CLIA, which sets the standards for laboratories in the United States that examine specimens of human blood or tissue. These standards are designed to minimize the risk of incorrect test results, which can do serious harm if acted upon.

In the lab, the patient meets the phlebotomist, whose job it is to draw a small sample of blood from one of the patient’s veins and take it to the lab. He or she gets the patient’s name, explains the procedure and draws the blood. He or she cleans and bandages the puncture and lets the patient know how long to leave the bandage on. Diagnostic lab services are an important part of medical practice

Diagnostic laboratory services in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, a subscription medical practice, has a CLIA waived in house lab and a phlebotomist on staff four half days a week. They can perform the rapid strep test, the flu test, the diabetes monitoring test, pregnancy test, and urinalysis, among others. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.

The Conner Clinic also includes an in-house pharmacy and an online portal for keeping track of your information and scheduling appointments. Subscribe today.


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