Is there a cost difference between using an outpatient lab at a hospital versus a free-standing lab such as LabCorp or Quest?
Generally, hospitals charge substantially more for these services than stand-alone laboratories. Some physicians may refer a patient to the hospital for lab testing; however, to reduce out-of-pocket costs, the member should request a referral to a stand-alone laboratory. Most Hospital based lab services except for pre-admission testing, urgent care, and emergency room lab services are not covered. Laboratory Outpatient services at a free standing In-Network facility such as Lab Corp or Quest are subject to the deductible and/or co-insurance/co-payment.