Apparently, if you live in Arizona, you can walk into a DAT (Direct Access Testing) lab, and order your own tests, at a fraction of the cost of having to go through your doctor to receive doctor’s orders! Of course there are advantages and disadvantages to doing this. Price is the obvious advantage, but some doctors are concerned that confusing test results could lead to anxious patients, who are unable to properly interpret their test results.
What do you think? Should patients be empowered to order their own lab tests?