How did healthcare get so complicated? It used to be you get sick, you go to the doctor. Now it’s weeks before you can get an appointment, and you cringe at what the visit and lab work will cost you. That’s when you need help.
Navigating the Complicated Healthcare System
So, how do you navigate the system when you’re trying to be pro-active about your health? The answer is, it’s complicated. Here’s how it plays out in real life…
Since I am about to turn 40, I decided that I should get my general health checked out. I chose the men’s health test that checks the four ‘analytes’ – Estradiol, Testosterone, DHEA, and Cortisol. These hormones impact stamina, fatigue and energy.
That day I called my doctor to schedule the test and determine costs. They don’t have a set price for lab work, but suggested I call the lab. The lab can do the test, but can’t tell me costs due to several factors (insurance carrier, have I met my deductible, negotiated insurance rate)… the list went on. They recommended that I call my insurance company.
At this point, I’m two hours into the process before connecting with my insurance provider. It took another 30 minutes to get a live person on the phone, and the answer it came down to was the “Diagnosis Code” from my doctor.
Now I’m three hours in, I call the doctor back to ask if they would provide me the diagnosis code needed to get my answer, and was told that I cannot be diagnosed without a live visit… and that they could see me in three weeks. All I wanted was an answer to a simple question, how much is this going to cost me?
We all have stories like this and it’s enough to make you sick. We decided to use this experience to drive industry change, and here’s how.
ARCpoint Labs makes Healthcare Easier
We leverage the relationships we have with high quality labs to reduce costs, and pass the savings on to our customers. The costs are usually less than negotiated insurance rates, too. Secondly, our test kits are done at home, so testing is quick and on your own time!
In my case, the estimated costs for male hormone testing (going the traditional lab route) would cost about $400 according to healthcarebluebook.com. That same test through ARCpoint Labs would only be $149! Not to mention, I saved myself the time of estimating the lab fees, making the appointment during business hours and going to/from the lab.
It’s time you put yourself first and take a step towards a healthier you! Take a look at our at-home test kits, HERE.