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Published:January 28th, 2006 02:17 EST
A Doctor Closer to Home

A Doctor Closer to Home

By Melissa Austria

High insurance and busy schedules can cause patients to avoid visits to the doctor.  As technology increases, healthcare home kits are becoming more familiar than the face of a physician.

Patients no longer have to dread the long delays in the waiting room or have to hear the question, “What insurance do you have?” 

Companies like Craig Medical provides the public with a website of FDA approved diagnostic products that can be used in the privacy of a person’s home.  The home diagnostic testing home kits include blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol monitors.  Other tests include AIDS and drug test screenings. 

Craig Medical states that many people prefer home kits than going to a doctor because of cost, confidentiality and convenience.

Cholesterol level is an important factor that patients must worry about in order to prevent heart disease.  Laboratory services at the doctor’s office can lead to high bills and waiting for test results can be a hassle.

Chem card is now available on, which is a rapid one-step system cholesterol test card that is easy to use and determines cholesterol levels.  The test can be performed anytime and anywhere without the need of special equipment or training.  High cholesterol can build up along the walls of the arteries and can cause a form of coronary artery disease. 

Any cholesterol total reading should be under 200 and anything over 240 is considered high.  Chem card incorporates a solid phase chemistry used in many hospital laboratories, which allows a visual determination of blood cholesterol. 

The Chem card test is intended for use with a finger prick of blood, which is placed on a circular test pad.  The user must wait three minutes for a chemical reaction and development. 

After the three minutes, a color will appear and the user must compare it with the color in the center of the wheel within 30 seconds to determine the cholesterol level.  The test pad includes six color panels that represent a system of cholesterol range. 

The Chem card costs $35 with five test cards and $79 with 15. 
Home access HIV and Drug test cards can also be purchased from Craig medical to provide confidentiality that patients might worry about when visiting their physician.
The home access HIV test kit was developed for use in screening for HIV in whole blood.  The kit has been clinically proven and certified by the FDA to be safe and effective.  The test is anonymous and completed on the private basis of a person’s home without physician consultations and laboratory fees.

Prior to testing, a toll-free number is called to activate a 14 digit test code and access with professional counselors to insure the test process is understood.  The user uses a loaded lancet device for a finger prick.  Two drops of blood are placed on a special test card, which is sealed and placed in a prepaid Fed-ex mailer.
In three business days, results can be obtained by using the 14-digit code when calling the toll-free number.  The caller is given the test results and has the option to receive professional counseling if necessary.  The home access HIV kit costs $329, which includes the processing fee and mailing cost. 

Rapid check 10- panel is another popular home testing kit that screens 10 different types of drugs by dipping wicks into a urine sample.  The panel can test for THC (marijuana), Cocaine, PCP, Opiates, Methamphetamines, Methadone, Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines and Tricyclic Antidepressants. 

The test requires a urine sample in a clean container, preferably glass.  The user must remove the test cap, exposing the 10 absorbent wicks.  The sticks should be dipped for 20-30 seconds and results should appear three to eight minutes.  The multi-drug test costs $22.90 for one test and $59 for three.

Most diagnostic kits purchased from Craig medical, utilize the same laboratory procedures ordered by a physician but cut out the most expensive cost of a particular diagnostic test. 

The area of self diagnostic kits is growing rapidly and the levels of these tests are resulting in a 95 to 99 percent accuracy rate.  As laboratory analyses become more specialized, diagnostic home kits are slowly becoming the new trend in healthcare.