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Submission + - Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Walgreens (singularityhub.com) 4

kkleiner writes: With the cost of healthcare services increasing, it's welcome news that a recent deal between Walgreens and Theranos will bring rapid, accurate, low-cost blood testing to the local pharmacy. A pinprick of blood from a finger is enough to run any number of a la carte diagnostic tests with results in four hours or less. The automation of blood testing in one convenient machine may mean that the demand for clinical technicians may decline, but the benefits of making blood analysis more accessible to everyone is enormous.
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Affordable Blood Work In Four Hours Coming To Walgreens

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  • You must live in the USA to have to pay for blood work. It's free in all the civilized countries.

    • That being said, it could be worth a reasonable payment if one could get it done in three minutes at the local pharmacy rather than taking 15 minutes at the clinic (which is just above said pharmacy).

    • by schwit1 ( 797399 )

      I call bullshit.

      Do the medical practitioners work for free?
      Are the pharmaceuticals free?
      Are the testing facilities free?
      Is there some goose laying golden eggs paying for all of this?

      No, no, no and no.

      Taxes pay for this, which by definition means it ain't free.

      • Ok, you're right.

        Perhaps I should have said "included in the cover charge". But the cover charge is largely paid by the healthy, capable members of society, while the services are needed by, and provided to, the more needy and less capable members. Whether one considers this to be better or worse than the "user pays" model depends on your politics.

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