• Can you get blood work done without a doctor’s prescription?

    Asked by bigjan on Friday, May 3, 2013

    Can you get blood work done without a doctor’s prescription?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I'm not sure why you would want to get blood work done with out a doctor's prescription. There are some many different tests, and only a qualified doctor and/or nurse would what tests you require. If there is something you specifically think your team should be looking at, speak to to them about your concerns, and why you feel they should request the test. Being proactive about your health care is great, but remember it is a collaborative effort, and if you do not feel comfortable with your team, speak to them about what the issues are, if they can not be resolved, you might want to consider finding a new team.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      I'm with Sue on this. If you feel they are missing something, get a second opinion (always a good idea). If you are looking for a test that you want to keep confidential, even from your team (although I don't see much point) again, a second opinion, even if it means traveling far from home is the best. You need to have even basic tests done with a doctor's oversight so the results can be explained properly. If you are just looking to save money, its not very practical unfortunately although some tests could be done at free clinics if you qualify.

      over 3 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      My daughter has fought that fight and lost. The hospital and lab would not do it. She knew her thyroid was in a flair but her doctor could not get her in right away and there was no way she was going into the ER so they could order blood tests to prove what she already knew. This girl reads medical textbooks for fun and can read a lab report without a question. She knows exactly how her body reacts and when it is out of balance but her doctor still doesn't trust her self knowledge.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi bigjan,

      I'm Aliza, a BC patient, and the site's unofficial resident Medical Librarian. I'll also occasionally admit that I'm the ex-wife of a physician (so I know a lot about "the system" from the inside out as I was with my husband for many years from pre-med through his own medical practice). There's no way you can have blood work without a prescription from an M.D., or N.P. You don't have the experience or insight to order all (underline all) the tests that you might need (though you probably know a good deal about your illness) and you might miss something critical. Better to go with the doc on this one. As SueRae says, if you don't have confidence in your team, you need to find a new one!

      Best wishes,

      over 3 years ago
    • NicholeP's Avatar

      I have been on my own journey with my health. While I work with an allopath (MD), I also have a naturopath (ND). My ND can't write medical/lab orders so when I need lab testing that isn't written by my MD, I go to an online company called Request A Test and can order lab tests through LabCorp. I take these results to both my MD and ND to assist in my health journey. www.requestatest.com And, you are going to the lab with an order/prescription provided by the company. Hope this makes sense.

      about 3 years ago

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