Discount blood-testing laboratories and nonprofit clinics that target needy patients are two types of facilities that offer inexpensive testing, notes Health Services of North Texas and Econolabs. Some low-cost clinics rely on high volume and do not take insurance to keep costs low, while nonprofits rely on charitable contributions.
Low-cost laboratories such as Econolabs initiate the process by having consumers order a test online. As soon as the transaction is approved, the consumer receives a requisition form that is valid at more than 4,000 local lab sites, as of 2015. After testing, results are generally available within a couple of business days, although some tests take longer. Each test lists its turnaround time on the online menu. The consumer receives results via email or U.S. mail, depending on the preference he put on the form, reports Econolabs.
Nonprofit agencies such as Health Services of North Texas help their clients pursue as many different health insurance options as possible, in addition to helping them apply for government insurance programs such as Medicaid. The clinic provides tests and other necessary medical care whether the client has the means to pay or not and absorbs losses when insurance doesn't come through or government sources do not provide approval. Charitable contributions often make up for the funding shortfalls of such clinics, as stated by Health Services of North Texas.