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January 5th, 2014, 09:45 AM
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I feel like such a newbie asking this question

I know some of the ladies here go to independent labs for blood draws for thyroid issues, etc, and I know you can get an HCG draw at some of them. Can you go to a lab and get CD3 bloodwork drawn without doctor's orders? I would like to see where things stand...haven't had labs done since before my FET for the twins and even then it wasn't a full panel.

I need to make an appt for a pap anyway and I'll ask for it then, but my PCM is a Family Practice doc (civilian) and I don't know what she's allowed to do without approval from Tricare. I have a feeling she'll want to refer me to an OB/GYN and I'll have to jump thru hoops just to get some silly bloodwork.
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January 5th, 2014, 10:04 AM
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Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure you typically need a script to get labwork drawn if you expect your insurance to pay for it. I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure.

If you're paying for it yourself, I know things like Life Extension (a paid service to them) is discounted and a service where you can order your own labwork, but there's also a monthly fee.
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January 5th, 2014, 10:11 AM
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I'm not really worried about insurance...it would be nice if I could get it paid for, of course! Where I'm at, though, I would rather pay OOP to have less hassle and just get my numbers.

Googling "Life Extension"...
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January 5th, 2014, 10:28 AM
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Labwork (without insurance or something like Life Extension) is CRAZY expensive! When I didn't have insurance, and needed to get my thyroid checked (as I have to do 2x a year to refill my meds), it was like 300+ out of pocket! Life Extension helped me out there - they used to do it to where you didn't have a monthly fee, but looks like they may charge one now.
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January 5th, 2014, 11:02 AM
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Labwork without insurance is CRAZY expensive!
I have paid OOP for the bloodwork relating to all my IUIs, IVF, and FET, so I'm used to it.
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If you have a LabCorp/Personal Labs near you yes you can get most of the CD3 stuff done when ever you like. That's what I was looking at before. The only thing I couldn't find I think was AMH.
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I noticed that, too, Ashley...AMH wasn't on any of the lists I pulled up. We do have one within 30 minutes, so that looks like it might be my best shot (assuming my PCM won't do it).
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Hope your PCM is on your side and saves you some loot!!
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My PCM was able to order CD3 labs for me on more than one occasion, even when I saw a civilian off post. I just asked for a list of labs to be drawn and it was no big deal at all for all the basic labwork.
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My PCM was able to order CD3 labs for me on more than one occasion, even when I saw a civilian off post. I just asked for a list of labs to be drawn and it was no big deal at all for all the basic labwork.
Thanks, Jen! I hope that is the case for me...I have never seen this PCM before so I have no clue what to expect. I guess I have been programmed to expect the worst, LOL!
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Thanks, Jen! I hope that is the case for me...I have never seen this PCM before so I have no clue what to expect. I guess I have been programmed to expect the worst, LOL!
Expect the worst, and hope for the best! I wouldn't think your PCM would have a problem ordering that for you. All my civilian PCMs have been awesome with looking out for me. Naval on the other hand....

Fingers crossed for you that your PCM is able to help you!
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Thanks, Jen! I hope that is the case for me...I have never seen this PCM before so I have no clue what to expect. I guess I have been programmed to expect the worst, LOL!

Hopefully they can be helpful! I always expect the worst as well lol
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