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Why can't I order My Own Tests?

Discussion in 'Diagnostic Guidelines and Laboratory Testing' started by golden, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. vamah

    vamah Senior Member

    Washington , DC area
    My doctor actually said to me that herpes viruses CAN'T reactivate and cause problems, as I was arguing. But no doctor denies that the chicken pox virus causes shingles in some people. So this was either an outright lie to get me to go away or my doctor was even stupider than I thought. Furthermore, I was never able to actually find out the results of my HMO's investigation of this issue. Apparently there is a state law that says that any disciplinary action against a doctor remains confidential -- fair enough, they have to follow the law -- but they would not even tell me if they accepted my test results from an outside lab and would treat me. At that point I just wanted to hear them say, "Yes, you were right and we were wrong." But that doesn't really happen with doctors, does it?
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  2. svetoslav80

    svetoslav80 svetoslav80 at gmail.com

    This is ridiculous. In Bulgaria there is no such law (I think) and one can make own tests in any lab. I've visited about 4-5 in my city and in the capital and they never refused to make a test.
  3. roxie60

    roxie60 Senior Member

    Central Illinois, USA
    Its a medical union (they dont call it that) where Drs have to be approved and managed by a board then they are subject to their rules. They want to maintain power and control (politics, power and money). There are Drs that just want to do ol fashion doctoring to hlp patients heal but they have so many hoops they have to jump thru. Then their are Drs that prefer the political structure. It is very frustrating but then most people aren't faced with what we face trying to get answers. It is so frustrating.
  4. overtrain

    overtrain Medical Mafia needs to die via this virus.

    As far as "Walkinlab"- their affiliate is Labcorp. Go to their site:
    Straight off LabCorp: hat items do I need to take to the LabCorp specimen collection lab?
    When visiting a specimen collection lab, you should bring the following information with you:

    • The LabCorp test request form from a health care professional requesting laboratory testing​
  5. overtrain

    overtrain Medical Mafia needs to die via this virus.

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  6. WillowJ

    WillowJ คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

    WA, USA

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  7. overtrain

    overtrain Medical Mafia needs to die via this virus.

    Q - Do I need to see my healthcare provider to get tested? A - Direct access testing allows greater participation in one's own healthcare. Yes, your healthcare provider can refer you to Walk-In Lab, but it’s not a requirement. You can feel secure that Walk-In Lab uses the same labs as healthcare providers and hospitals, which are CLIA-certified and regulated by appropriate governmental agencies.

    Confusing. Again, the topic is why a person can't order her own tests without a doctor's sig.

    But yay, we've found one company in the United States where a a doctor, without meeting the person needing the test(s), will sign a little piece of paper to get printed out & walked like an elementary school bathroom-pass-slip to a lab so blood can get taken. I might go this route. Thanks for this info. =)
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  8. Sherlock

    Sherlock tart cherry etc. for joints, insomnia

    Czechosherlockia, USA
    For the same reason that dentist associations will crush any dentist-cleaning tech who opens her own business: the reason is that it would take away money. The excuse is that it's for "the good of the patient".
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  9. Ema

    Ema Senior Member

    Midwest USA
    I've used the ones I recommend dozens of times.

    They email you a requisition signed by their doctor.

    Trust me, it works.

  10. maryb

    maryb iherb code TAK122

    can't believe your doctor said that - of course herpes can reactivate, what about HSV - cold sores and genital herpes? you give up don't you?:rolleyes:
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  11. overtrain

    overtrain Medical Mafia needs to die via this virus.

  12. Andrew

    Andrew Senior Member

    Los Angeles, USA
    You can order your own tests online from places that provide this. A doctor there writes the prescription. Then you go to a local center (such as labquest) for the blood draw. The types of tests you can order are limited.

    To find these places, search google.
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