An infographic that explains the best way to save money with your doctor appointment has gone viral.
The infographic has already been shared more than 3 million times, and is a great way to keep track of the latest deals for your doctor’s office.
But how to properly prepare for your appointment?
If you’re unsure of what to expect and what you should do, the infographic is here to help.
First things first, it’s important to understand what you’re paying for.
Your doctor will most likely charge a fee for your blood work, X-rays, and other lab tests.
Some labs require you to bring your own kit.
In other cases, you may be asked to bring in a sample from the lab.
It’s important that you know exactly what you’ll be charged.
You can’t skip out on paying your doctor because you’re nervous.
There are also different types of labs that you may need.
Many labs require an appointment before you can begin your blood tests, while others will require a visit and a $35 fee upfront.
Once you’re in the clinic, you’ll need to pay a $40 fee for a lab that tests for a particular disease.
For the sake of this infographic, I’ll assume that you’re buying your blood and lab test from your primary care physician, and are paying your fee upfront (or even $60 for a test that you can get for free).
I’ll also assume that all your labs are available to you.
This is the point where the video begins.
As I mentioned earlier, the majority of labs will only take a sample for free.
If a lab is not available for you, you can ask your primary doctor for an appointment and pay your $40 lab fee upfront, and then have it tested on your own.
Here are some other tips: Make sure you’ve purchased enough blood and labs to cover all the tests you need before you get to your appointment.
Do not use a test kit from a pharmacy or other source.
Ask your doctor to send you an invoice for the lab, and include the full cost of the test you will need.
If you plan to go in the afternoon, ask for the test and the price in advance.
I recommend that you also have a copy of your prescription for the testing.
Check with your primary physician if you are unsure about which lab will be available for your particular tests.
The cost of a blood test is based on a variety of factors, including the type of test and what the lab offers.
Depending on the type and size of your test, the cost of your blood test can be anywhere from $50-$100 depending on the size and sensitivity of the sample you are looking for.
You will most often see a charge for a sample that contains a specific disease.
For example, you could get a test for hepatitis C or HIV in an MRI.
While a test like this will usually cost between $20-$50, you should ask your doctor about the cost before making your appointment and paying for it.
Even if you’re not sure which lab you’ll receive your test from, there are several ways to make your appointment a little more efficient.
Use the free samples to fill out your appointment forms.
Sign up for an online consultation with your physician.
Have a copy to hand, and fill out all the forms as you go along.
When you get back to your office, make sure you fill out a separate form for your lab test.
Get a free sample for your other test.