New Law Allows Arizonans To Get Lab Tests Without Doctor Order

By Alexandra Olgin
Published: Monday, April 6, 2015 - 3:56pm
Updated: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 10:22am
(Photo courtesy of Theranos)
Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes.

A new law will allow Arizonans to order any of their own lab tests without a doctor’s permission. Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill Monday morning.

Before this law, individuals could order a limited series of lab tests as long as they fell within the 11 categories listed by the Arizona Department of Health.

Chairwoman of the House Health Committee Heather Carter said individuals who get their own test results may not always understand the results, but it allows a patient to be proactive.

“If I have more information and something comes to my attention that I didn't otherwise already know, now I have the opportunity to go and see my doctor, hopefully before it becomes in a too-far-progressed diseased state," she said.

Ducey credits Silicon Valley-based company Theranos for the law. It provides patients direct access to lab tests and has testing centers in several Walgreens locations in the Valley.

Sonora Quest Labratories said in a statement, "We continue to maintain that the management of personal health is most effective when it involves a partnership with a primary care provider."

The company currently doesn't fill any self-ordered lab tests, even if it's within one of the categories the Department of Health enumerates.The new law takes effect July 3.