I found this Wall Street Journal post called: Worried About Cholesterol? Order Your Own Tests, from a Gary Wolf Quantified Self blog post and think that it is a very interesting idea for people suffering from chronic conditions who need frequent lab tests.
The ultimate question is, do you really need a doctor to tell you (and charge you for telling you) to go get some tests done if there are certain tests that you need to get done regularly anyway? Or can the Internet help you with that?
Although the flip side extreme to do it yourself health care is procrastination, and ultimately larger doctor bills when people wait to solve a health problem until it becomes expensive to take care of… I personally think that empowering patients is generally a good thing for our health care system, and that making it possible for people to order their own labs is a step in the right direction.
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