Save Time and Money with Walk-In Lab Testing
Today’s world of increasing health costs mandate that you, the consumer, take control of your health. That can mean a lot of things such as price shopping for the most cost-effective medications or taking the time to monitor your health between checkups.
Walk-in lab services now are available in Aberdeen, Yankton and Sioux Falls, S.D., as well as Marshall, Minn., through Avera QuickLabs, and the service allows you to test a number of health markers ranging from your thyroid to diabetes or even your blood count at a flat fee.
Why choose this type of service?
- There’s no wait period or appointment necessary.
- There’s no additional clinic fee or need to bill insurance. Lab tests vary from $10 – $50.
- You’ll receive results in a week and can share them with your provider.
“People are more educated and proactive with their health care choices as costs continue to increase,” said Lori Murray, MLS, Laboratory Management and Technical Advisor for Avera McKennan Laboratory. “This is the same testing you would get in the doctor’s office but it’s an opportunity to take your health care into your own hands.”
That’s not to say walk-in lab testing can take the place of a provider visit, Murray said. But it can help you track your health at a lesser cost in between checkups or provide confirmation that something is off and it’s time to make an appointment.
Here are common scenarios for walk-in lab testing:
Healthy and Cost Conscious
You’re insured but you don’t like going to the doctor just to be told nothing is wrong. Still, you feel off and wonder if you have anemia or something worse.
Solution: Head to the walk-in lab for a Complete Blood Count panel for $10. Follow up with your provider if the numbers are abnormal.
You see your doctor regularly and need lab work done every three to six months for diabetic care but you don’t want to schedule an appointment that often.
Solution: Go to the walk-in lab to check hemoglobin A1C for $20, which monitors the average amount of sugar in your blood over the past two to three months. Use it as a gauge to stay on track between visits. Share the number with your provider if you think your care plan needs tweaking
Under-Insured and On the Go
You travel for a living and your insurance coverage isn’t the best with higher co-pays and deductible. Your doctor indicated you may have a thyroid problem but you can’t cover the cost of frequent clinic visits and lab tests.
Solution: Head to the walk-in clinic for fast results at just $30. Share the results with your provider to discuss the best course of action.
You’re training for your first marathon and are worried you’re not functioning at maximum performance. Is your heart strong? Are your electrolytes at an optimum level?
Solution: At the walk-in lab you can get a comprehensive metabolic panel for $15 to test your electrolyte balance and status of several organ systems. Use it to change your diet and training plan if necessary and see a provider if any abnormalities are indicated.
Walk-in lab services are available at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, Avera Marshall Regionals Health Center in Marshall and Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton by going to the hospital labs. Avera QuickLabs testing is done at the following Sioux Falls clinics:
Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Plaza 2
1325. S. Cliff Ave.
Avera Medical Group Family Health Center
2100 S. Marion Road
AveraNow inside Hy-Vee
- 3000 S. Minnesota Ave.
- 4101 S. Louise Ave.
- 1601 S. Sycamore Ave.
Avera Holy Family Hospital, Estherville, Iowa
826 N. 8th St., Estherville
Some labs might require fasting for the most accurate results. If you think you might fit into one of these categories, learn more about how walk-in labs work and what kind of tests you can get.