Kremmling Hospital offering labs at reduced price
February 2, 2009
Kremmling Memorial Hospital is offering a limited menu of frequently utilized professional lab tests at a reduced price with a program called the “QuickLab”.
“The whole idea is to make it easier for people to monitor their health on a regular basis,” said interim laboratory manager Melissa Scott.
QuickLab is easy because patients don’t need to schedule in advance or get an order from the doctor.
Walk in to the specialty clinic at the hospital in Kremmling, between 8am and noon and simply ask for a Quicklab.
You will then select which test(s) you want. If you were a diabetic, for example, and you wanted to keep a close monitor of your blood sugar, you might select the Hemoglobin A1C (diabetes compliance).
How is your good cholesterol doing? Are your triglycerides at the right levels? Then you might check the lipid panel. Your doctor will know best which tests are most appropriate for you. Thyroid, prostate, pregnancy and even simple blood type tests are options for you to choose from. Remember, some tests such as the lipid panel require fasting for 8 to 12 hours.
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Payment is taken at the time of service. Offered at a reduced price, QuickLab is intended for those with a high deductible on their health insurance plans or for those without insurance at all but anyone may participate.
“Some people have to maintain routine labs for a variety of health reasons regardless of whether they have insurance or not,” Scott said. “Things are tough and this is our way to help.”
Results will be ready for you to pick up by the next day. You can also arrange to have your results mailed to you, much like they are after you get your blood drawn at the 9Health Fair every year only the turn-around is much quicker because it’s all done locally in the Kremmling Memorial Hospital Laboratory.
The entire process is confidential. There are no electronic medical records associated by your name. The results are not shared with your physician or reported to your insurance. You will receive the only copies.
To interpret the results you should take them to your doctor. Two online sources can help you learn more about your results: Labtestsonline.org or webMD.com.
So this year, make sure you are putting your body and your life at the top of the priority list by monitoring your health quickly, confidentially and affordably with Kremmling Memorial Hospital’s QuickLab.