Who Needs Doctors? Order Your Own Tests.

A small but growing number of consumers are skipping the time and expense of seeing a physician and are ordering up their own tests, with heart-related assays among the most popular. For some, it’s a way to keep track of measures that they want to regularly monitor, such as cholesterol levels or the blood-sugar indicator known as hemoglobin A1C, which is important to people with diabetes. For others, a broad-based panel of tests may provide a quick snapshot of overall health, or a particular test could address worries about the presence of a possible condition such as hepatitis C.

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  1. Bruce says:

    Markets work.

  2. Brian Williams. says:

    I’m sure the government will find a way to prevent this sort of thing from happening.

  3. Larry C. says:

    I like this. You do have to worry about quality, however.

  4. Jeff says:

    I think we could in principle avoid doctors for all kinds of things.

  5. Paul says:

    I’m a doctor, and I think this is a great idea. I encourage my patients to do these kinds of things. It is no threat to me at all.

  6. steve says:

    This is good news. It should improve business a lot.