…HA is always joking (sort of) that she should just knock off, go to med school, and take care of herself!
…A few years ago, a doc she interviewed gave her the website of a lab who could do her thyroid tests for her.
…”You mean…get my OWN tests?” HA replied. (She never did it.)
…Nick Timiraos, writing in the Wall Street Journal (June 20, 2006), says this is all the rage now.
…Well, aren’t they always bleating about “consumer-driven health care”?
…At MedLabUSA.com and MyMedLab.com, you got to the site, select a test, enter your zip code and get directions to a specimen-collection lab near you. You don’t need a doc’s prescription—and it’s walk-in.
…One nurse never even called her doctor—she got her yearly tests, nothing looked worrisome, that was it.
…Of course, she’s a nurse. How do we mortals know what these chicken-scratchings mean?
…It kind of says on the report if your numbers are normal, high, or low. It does on the one the doctor gets, too.
…The drug ads, one woman pointed out, are asking us to tell THEM about medicines. Maybe we can tell THEM about our tests, too.
…Pro or con, readers?