Big changes coming to Arizona healthcare

*This is a sponsored post written by me for Theranos. All opinions and experiences are genuinely mine.*

Twice a year, and sometimes more, I have to take Cassidy to the lab for blood tests that monitor her thyroid levels. It’s a terribly inconvenient process that always involves visiting the doctor to have him issue an order for the lab work. From there, we have to make a trip to the lab at the hospital to actually have the blood drawn. That process, in itself is an ordeal because it requires waits in two separate lobbies. All told, the process typically takes 3-4 hours and causes Cass to miss at least half a day of school.

You can imagine my excitement, then, when Arizona passed House Bill 2645. The legislation goes into effect on July 3 of this year and will make it infinitely easier for us to get blood tests. Why? Because HB 2645 allows individuals to obtain lab results without a doctor’s order. Having accumulated hour upon wasted hour in doctors’ waiting rooms, I can tell you with certainty that this is welcome news.

Theranos Wellness Centers have come to select Walgreens locations and will be coming to more soon. They offer an extensive menu of blood tests that can easily be obtained without an appointment and –thanks to HB 2645–without a lab order. There aren’t any surprises when it comes to pricing, either. The prices for each test are published online and are available in Wellness Center locations.  Admittedly, I’m not a healthcare professional, but I can’t help but believe this change is going to revolutionize healthcare by allowing individuals to take control of at least one aspect of their care. Consider the percentage of the population who might put off scheduling a doctor’s appointment but can’t set aside the nagging suspicion that something isn’t right. If a quick stop in at Walgreens for a small sample of blood provides an answer, it could mean earlier detection of a serious problem. I truly believe it’s a brilliant option that should have been instituted decades ago.

This super short video gives a glimpse at another perspective.

This new option is going to make it hassle-free for me to obtain the lab results my daughter’s doctor needs to assess her progress. And, um, between you and me? I’m all about the hassle-free. If you are, too, you might want to keep an eye on Theranos to see if they might be bringing similar changes to your home state soon.

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