Cheap Tests! Free Tests!
- Start by looking up the lab to see. Some laboratories have financial aid programs that will allow you to get bloodwork and other tests for free! Here’s an example of Quest Labs Patient Assistance Program.
- Try contacting low income health care programs in your area: Find a Free clinic. You can also check this list of Federally Qualified Health Centers
- Contact hospitals in your area and ask if they have any types of financial aide programs for low income patients. Some hospitals have programs like this that are not well known and do not appear on their website.
Doctors Visits Without Insurance
Escaping Co-Payments, Deductibles, & Premiums
- Patient Services – assistance with premiums and co-payments
- The HealthWell Foundation – co-payments for important medical treatments.
- Co-Pay Relief – assistance with co-payments.
- How to Escape Medicare Fees – For people on Medicare (obviously)
- How to Get Medicaid
- In some situations, Medicaid will pay all your co-pays and deductibles.
- If you got turned down or think you don’t qualify, please check this link.
Paying Out Of Pocket
- Direct-Access Testing – Save money if paying out-of-pocket.
- Food Stamps Regs – If you are disabled and have medical expenses, your food stamps can go up.
- Housing Regs – If you live in Section 8, HUD, or USDA housing and have medical expenses, your rent can go down.
- Tax Breaks for Disabilities – Medical expenses can also lower your taxes
Help Navigating All of This
- The Patient Advocate Foundation free case management services
- Patient Services – assistance with navigating healthcare & insurance
Lyme Disease Tests
- LymeTAP.com – Lyme Testing Access Program.
- LymeAid4Kids – For Lyme treatment for those under age 21.
- Ticked Off Foundation – Lyme treatment for adults
- Many lymies believe that the Igenex is the best test and gives different or better information than the standard western blot performed by most doctors.
- If your doctor does not use Igenex, you can order the test yourself and bring it to your doctor to sign and draw the blood. Then mail it in yourself.
- Medicare will pay for the Igenex. As mentioned above, you can order the test yourself. Make sure to go to a doctor that accepts Medicare
- Some people report success getting private insurance to reimburse all or part of their Igenex test.
- Financial survival for Spoonies: How to Be Poor in America
- Financial survival while applying for disability: How to Survive While Applying
- Cheap or free meds: How to Be Broke and Medicated
Updated Oct 2019. Please comment below with stories, ideas, questions or suggestions. Please let us know if any links on this page stop working.
7 thoughts on “How to Get Free or Cheap Lab Tests”
For people who need frequent blood tests, I highly recommend this money- and life-saving program:
I discovered them when the hospitals in my area all started including family financial resources as well as the applicant’s, when deciding which low-income people do or don’t qualify for financial assistance in obtaining lab tests. (My mother has a nice nest egg. She also doesn’t help me with any of my medical expenses, because she and the rest of my family despise me. Nonetheless, her savings account disqualified me from low-income financial assistance programs at hospitals in my area.)
I have Graves’ disease, which requires frequent blood tests to make sure my thyroid isn’t accidentally suppressed too much, and that my potassium level doesn’t fall so low that my heart stops beating. Continuing to get blood drawn by local hospitals was going to cost me $800+ per blood draw!
Desperate, I searched online for programs to get free or low cost blood tests. I couldn’t find free.
But PALS is so cheap, it’s very *nearly* free! The most commonly needed blood tests, when ordered through PALS, are only $5-30 each (plus a modest $15 processing fee added to the subtotal).
Please, if you’re like me (low- or no-income and have no health insurance), and you have health conditions that necessitate frequent bloodwork, save your life by making use of PALS!
Thanks for sharing how some laboratories have a financial aid program of some sort. I think blood tests should be free for people. If you need one, it is probably for something serious.
Please add fmtest.com This may be it or at least something for CFS/FM sufferers. Once you do the test they offer enrolment into experimental vaccine program which may work for some people.
There are some direct access testing labs that provide thier customers with the lowest price tests. So you can choose among them and order lab tests online: https://www.findlabtest.com/order-lab-tests-online/
excellent. thank you.
James K. the website you shared, https://www.findlabtest.com/order-lab-tests-online/ , saves so much, about 2/3 less! The only hitch is there are 3 states “Blacklisted” and don’t participate. Mine happens to be one 😦
You are awesome and I always manage to find exactly when I need you most! Thank you!