Friday, November 13, 2009
I had lab work done today and they took 15 vials of blood!!!! I had saved up a few lab slips from various doctors, as I thought none of the tests were that crucial (I was wrong). Some slips had duplicate tests between doctors, and I pointed this out to the lab staff to see if they could just do the one test and send it to the various doctors who wanted the same result, but they gave me a bunch of hooey and proceeded to play vampire. Talk about inefficiency and overcharging in the health insurance industry! I guess it was my bad for holding onto the slips, but I've become so pain sensitive that I wanted just one stick for all the tests instead of going four times. The one I should not have put off was the one tracking the past infection of my knee, but it was a standing order with Quest lab and I couldn't remember the last time I had the test done, and they didn't remind me, so I was three weeks overdue on that one. And I guess I should have kept track of which doctor was ordering which test so that I could then call the other doctors and say there are duplicates, and what should I do, blah blah blah, but I'm not that organized. I don't see why Quest couldn't have contacted the doctors themselves, but obviously they stand to profit from doing the same test more than once. What should I have done?
Posted by LA at 9:50 PM