Direct to consumer testing may empower patients but it’s not saving money just yet.
I love the idea of patients choosing for themselves their own diagnostics. I hope my patients see the benefit of having a trusted advisor available by phone, email, and office visit to interpret the results.
In this article, its stated that patients can order a simple, standard basic metabolic test for $17. That’s fantastic except it is priced at a 1000% mark up over what I pay for the test. The DPC membership now shows even more of its value. Good advice, lower costs on tests, and unlimited contact avenues are all benefits my patients receive.
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