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private lab testing ... recommendations?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Hi. I am looking to get a thyroid panel done privately but I've not gotten lab tests done privately before. Looking online I see a wide number of companies which essentially take your order then send you to a local LabCorp to get your blood taken. Results are sent by via e-mail. They all look alike, albeit with some variation in price. Right now Walk-In-Lab looks like the better deal. Any recommendations in this area? I have the fear of spending money, then going to LabCorp and waiting in line, confusion, ... and being very upset.

I suffer from subclinical hypothyroidism. I used to be able to just visit my doctor's office, get tested (..covered by insurance), and receive instructions from my doctor w/o paying for an office visit. It's only to monitor my situation every six months; I have no overt hypothyroid symptoms. Unfortunately my doctor has moved on and I don't want to pay for an office visit just to get my thyroid checked ... at this time.

_Lazza

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Thanks. I have noticed LEF does offer an extensive variety of tests and, indeed, they are crazy expensive. And I just noticed that indeed cheap internet resellers do charge *at least* twice or three times what is charged to insurance companies. For this reason I will probably just go to my GP and tell him which tests I want, which is crazy because that's all I need him for.

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on February 17, 2013
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I've used labcorp for the draw and pre-ordered via http://www.directlabs.com/. Just follow the instructions. Pretty easy.

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on March 17, 2013
at 05:34 AM

The Life Extension Foundation seems to be run by very sincere health nuts who do things to the highest standards. Their blood tests are a bit more expensive than the average online lab testing reseller, but if you want to avoid getting scammed I think they're a good choice. (I previously wrote that their tests were wildly expensive, but that was due to a misunderstanding). Note that they now offer no-contract memberships for $5/month, so you can join for the 25% discount and then deactivate your membership afterward.

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on March 17, 2013
at 05:07 PM

Thanks. I have noticed LEF does offer an extensive variety of tests and, indeed, they are crazy expensive. And I just noticed that indeed cheap internet resellers do charge *at least* twice or three times what is charged to insurance companies. For this reason I will probably just go to my GP and tell him which tests I want, which is crazy because that's all I need him for.

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