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Direct-to-Consumer Lab Tests, No Doctor Visit Required

From NYT:

Home testing services like InsideTracker say they are empowering consumers, allowing them to spot metabolic red flags before they progress to disease. But critics say the services often lack proper medical oversight and convince healthy people that they’re sick, leading to unnecessary testing and treatment.

Source: Direct-to-Consumer Lab Tests, No Doctor Visit Required – The New York Times

On the one hand this seems like another step in a future of self directed individual medicine that bypasses physicians to reduce costs and improve access. The opposition seems like the typical complaints of the medical cartel seeking to maintain a monopoly.

On the other hand lay people are not qualified to analyse lab tests. Misinterpretation could lead to both over and under treatment.

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