Some labs offer special pricing for people without insurance. A few years ago, I got the standard annual physical blood testing for just $100 from such a lab in my local area. The support staff at the doctor’s office may know about these labs.
You can get low cost lab tests without a doctor’s order from www.directlabs.com. Their number is 1-800-908-0000. Bert Fish Medical Center in Volusia County, Florida offers lab tests without a doctor’s order at very low prices. To look for something like this where you are, search on “direct access lab tests” or “low cost lab work,” and the name of your town or county.
Giving blood involves a kind of mini-physical. You learn your blood pressure, iron level, and cholesterol level. Many fire stations offer free blood pressure screening. Some drugstore chains have blood pressure testing machines. Many county health departments offer screening tests like mammograms and pap smears for little or no cost.
Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.