Im just wondering why doctors fight you to get other tests than the TSH (like the t4,t3,etc). If you are paying for the other testing, and you want it, why do they make it difficult? Why dont they just say "ok" and give them to you, it could only be beneficial.
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Amen, sister. I've always wondered why they make it so difficult. We're paying for it, and they've already drawn the blood. So, if we're willing to write a bigger check for that extra information, why shouldn't we be able to get it?
If the tests are paid for thru insurance I can see why they balk, though I don't agree with it. Those tests cost more and they don't make as much money as if they can get you to settle for the TSH alone, which is a cheap test. Insurance companies often give the labs and doctors incentives to keep costs down, and it directly affects how we get cared for. If my insurance refuses to pay for certain tests I need, I call them and ask why. If I don't get results I call the HMO advocate in my area.
If one is paying out of pocket, I would wonder why a lab would care at all.
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