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  •  Actually, it's increasingly an option in the US (4+ / 0-)

    ...there is a growing industry of lower-cost blood labs, generally asssociated with urgent-care clinics, and often specifically with those embedded in pharmacies.

    Theranos (a startup, using different technologies than most) has started having embedded labs at Walgreens, and is an extreme case -- http://www.wired.com/... -- but when I priced regular-old blood draws for my thyroid labs through a local non-chain urgent care, they were a fraction of the cost they'd have been through my regular doctor if my insurance stopped covering them (around $70 vs. $300, although the former is cash up front.)

    •  Now that's interesting. (1+ / 0-)
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      The NHS now has a method of taking a very minor amount of blood for tests and running it through some form of spectroscope (?) It takes about 5 minutes to get results. I wonder if that's what Walgreens, etc. are doing.
      $70 is amazingly cheap and, I would think, a decent alternative for people in the States.

      "The 'Middle' is a crowded place - that is where the effective power is - the extreme right and left might annoy governments, but the middle terrifies them." Johnny Linehan

      by northsylvania on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 01:42:55 AM PDT

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