Since 2015, “a partnership of several leading consumer health organizations announced the launch of Patient Assistance for Lab Services (PALS).” (Gastroenterol & Endoscopy News, March 2016, pg 54). PALS offers access to more than 85 lab tests, most costing only $5 and all of the tests at a fraction of the cost of pricing at competing labs. (See request-a-test for competing costs: requestatest.com)
PALS website: Patient Assistance for Lab Services
Some examples of costs:
$5 tests: (There is a $15 shipping fee as well which covers all testing)
- Hepatic Function Panel
- Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP)
- Hemoglobin A1C
- TSH w reflex to T4
Some tests are more expensive but still heavily discounted:
- Hepatitis C RNA PCR Quantitative $100
The process of filling out the paperwork & having signed by a physician along with getting the testing complete will likely take a few weeks; so this testing right now is not useful for urgent testing.
My take: Due to cost constraints, some patients are not receiving lab monitoring as frequently as recommended. This discounted testing could be a useful for option in this scenario.
- Patient assistance
- Lab test
- No insurance
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