Question by z31z: Is it possible to “bypass” doctor to make a (blood, etc) test?
I’ve moved to the U.S. from another country and was quite, er, shocked by how the health care works here. Doctors mostly ask about your symptoms, not rely on e.g. blood tests, ultrasound etc to get the picture themselves. These are such basic tests to conduct and they provide so much more insight!
I assume this is all because insurance companies do not wish to pay for something besides what’s “absolutely needed”.
The question is: is there a way to make certain tests anyway (even paying from own pocket) without doctor’s approval? What is the procedure?
Answer by JNS
Laboratories must have a doctors order to draw labs.
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