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Medical Arts Laboratory

by Chip Colandreo

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There’s a better way – a much better way – to have your blood drawn or undergo a number of other diagnostic tests. You don’t need an appointment, you won’t have to wait, you can get your results the very same day, and it doesn’t matter if you have the right insurance or no insurance at all. All you have to do is visit one of Medical Arts Laboratory’s six Central Florida locations, including the convenient location right here in Lake Mary.

If this all sounds very different than the experience at one of the large, corporate labs around town, that’s because Medical Arts Laboratory has designed its service from the ground up to best meet the needs of patients and their doctors.

“We’ve been in business for 18 years, and we are here to serve the community – the community of patients and the community of physicians here in  Central Florida,” says Dr. Sudhir Varma, Medical Arts Laboratory’s founder. “Patients are not a number here. They become part of our family, and we follow up with their doctors personally.”

Medical Arts Laboratory offers the lowest self-pay prices in town for routine blood work and many other blood tests, and the office accepts most major insurance plans, but the intricacies of insurance need not worry a Medical Arts Laboratory patient. If your insurance doesn’t work there, that’s OK. Medical Arts Laboratory will still draw your blood and will then work with your insurance company to send the sample to a nearby, covered lab. The staff will track your results and follow up with your doctor, just as they always do.

This level of service is important because having your blood drawn is a uniquely personal and intimate medical procedure, much more so than an X-ray or other imaging scan. A phlebotomist – the medical professional who draws your blood – must understand and interact with the unique contours of your skin and veins to make the draw as comfortable as possible (and to get the sample on the very first try!). Is it easier to draw blood from your left arm or your right? Would it be more comfortable to use the veins in the back of your hand? You can leave these questions to a random technician at a random laboratory, or you can see the same qualified phlebotomist every single time you need them at the Medical Arts Laboratory location that’s most convenient for you.

“Our staff gets to know you, and you get to know them,” says Dr. Varma. “We know you by name, and we know how to make your experience the best it can be. This is not possible at the big, corporate labs.”

For physicians and patients, making Medical Arts Laboratory your go-to lab will improve the quality and convenience of your care. No appointment/no wait service still exists in the world of modern medicine, you just have to know where to find it. And fortunately for us in Lake Mary, we can find it right in our own backyard.

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