Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Unilab Express

What is a normal result?
Normal test values are usually given as a range, rather than as a specific number, because normal values can vary from person to person. What is normal for one person may not be normal for another person.
How reliable are the results?
Very reliable, we use only federally and state certified, clinical laboratories, the same laboratories used by doctors and hospitals.
Are the results exact the same with every lab?
The reports generated by different labs can vary greatly in the type of information that is included and how it is laid out. Despite the differences in format and presentation, all laboratory reports must contain certain elements as mandated by federal legislation known as the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).
If I order multiple blood tests, will I need to have more than one needle stick?
No; it is common to order several tests from one blood draw.
Will my insurance, Medicare or Medicaid pay for or reimburse me for the cost of the lab tests I order?
You may want to check this with your insurance since most insurance policies require more than a test order to cover the expense. ANY TIME LAB does accept many insurance policies. (Our independent draw centers may charge you a convenience fee).
Is my test order refundable?
No! The lab test orders are not refundable.
Do I need an appointment?
No, just stop by our local collection facility at any time we are open and you will be tested without delay. It will take about 15 minutes. Though not necessary, if you would prefer to make an appointment, you may do so.
Can I have my doctor’s office order my lab test Unilab Express?
Yes, we can do all doctor ordered blood and urine lab tests.
If I have a prescription, can I bring it to Unilab Express?
Yes, we can do all blood and urine lab tests ordered by your medical professional. If you request, we will provide your physician a copy of the test results.
Do I need to get a prescription to get tested?
No. We will provide all necessary documents and forms for your test order.
Do I need to see a doctor to get tested?
No, you are not required to see a doctor before getting a lab test from us.
Are the test results confidential?
Yes, but you may use an alias if you prefer. You are the only one who receives the test results unless you specifically direct otherwise.
May I get tested anonymously?
Yes, you may be tested without giving your identity. However, if you are going to use the test results as evidence in court or you are being tested as part of an employer sponsored drug screen, a valid ID will be required. -Some tests cannot be taken anonymously.
What is the process for having a lab test?
A trained member of our staff will professionally collect the your specimen required for the selected test, carefully label and package the specimen for transport, and have it delivered to our certified laboratory for analysis.
What is a reference range?
Some laboratory tests are precise, reliable indicators of specific health problems and provide a simple answer with no reference ranges needed. Examples of these types of tests are: blood type (A, B, AB or O) and infectious disease (either positive or negative). In many cases lab results will account for individual variability by creating reference ranges, also known as the normal range or reference interval. 
How are reference ranges established?
Reference ranges are established and validated by the lab for each test. This is accomplished by testing a large number of healthy people and observing what appears to be normal for them. In order to determine a given reference range, the population to which the reference range will apply must be defined; healthy females between 30 and 40 years old for example.
It is common for reference ranges to vary somewhat from laboratory to laboratory. Different laboratories use different kinds of equipment and different kinds of testing methods. Therefore each laboratory must establish its own reference ranges using data from its own equipment and methods.
Do I need a physician for interpretation?
Test results alone are typically not enough to provide a complete picture of your health. Even with standardized specimen collection and reference ranges, there are still variables that go unaccounted for. This is where your physician plays a big role. All laboratory test results must be interpreted in the context of the overall health of the patient. The doctor, who is familiar with a patient’s medical history and current condition, is in the best position to do this job.

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