Alaska Blood Testing Directory
To help you locate an accredited laboratory/testing center, a list of resources has been compiled and can be found below.
Consult with your health care provider about any lab testing that you may be considering. It is also important to follow up with your health care provider to discuss your results within the context of your medical history.
Health Statistics in Alaska
Alaska’s reported deaths for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are all below national averages. Early detection is the key to helping keep these rates under control. Reported deaths in Alaska include:
|Alaska||Total U.S. Population|
|Cancer deaths (per 100,000)||148.2||182.6|
|Diabetes deaths (per 100,000)||23.5||31.4|
|Heart disease deaths (per 100,000)||133.9||209.4|
|HIV deaths (per 100,000)||0.0||1.5|
Common Blood Tests
Should you get a blood test? Learn about some of the most common blood tests and what they’re used for.
|Test||What it’s used for|
|Basic metabolic panel (BMP)||
|Blood clotting test||
|Complete blood count (CBC)||
Blood Testing in Alaska:
Alaska Community Health Testing Centers
Community-based health testing organizations generate awareness and foster social change while providing access to testing and treatment.
If you’re concerned about visiting your regular doctor or can’t afford the cost of private testing, a community testing center may be able to help. While community testing centers may charge a fee for blood testing, it’s common to find free or low-cost testing from these resources:
- Alaska Health FairAddress: 725 26th Ave., Suite 201, Fairbanks, AK 99701 Number: (907) 374-6853
- Alaska Medical Lab Services (Anchorage and Wasilla)Address: 5001 Arctic Blvd., Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99503 Number: (907) 344-0017
- Alpine Urgent Care & Sports MedicineAddress: 1310 E. Dimond Blvd., Suite 1, Anchorage, AK 99515 Number: (907) 344-2400
- Fairbanks ClinicAddress: 1211 Cushman St., Suite 200, Fairbanks, AK 99701 Number: (907) 215-6765
- Providence Anchorage Medical Center Laboratory ServicesAddress: 3841 Piper St. T Tower, Suite 211, Anchorage, AK 99508 Number: (907) 212-3631
- Steese Immediate CareAddress: 1275 Sadler Way, Suite 101, Fairbanks, AK 99701 Number: (907) 374-7911
- Tanana Valley ClinicAddress: 1001 Noble St., Fairbanks, AK 99701 Number: (907) 459-3500
Frequently Asked Questions About Blood Tests in Alaska
Can I order my own blood tests in Alaska?
Yes, you can order your own blood tests in Alaska, though your insurance is less likely to cover a direct access test rather than one ordered by a doctor.
Can I request a blood test without seeing a doctor?
Nowadays, you can get some blood tests done by going directly to a lab or ordering a test online. This is sometimes called direct access testing or direct-to-consumer testing,
How much does blood testing cost in Alaska?
Blood testing costs vary depending on a few factors, including the type of health insurance coverage you have, which test you are getting done, and where it’s being done. Some tests may be free of cost if your insurance covers you or you opt to visit a free clinic. In general, many affordable options for basic blood work are used in preventative care. Other highly specialized blood tests can be more expensive.
Can I use insurance to get my blood tested?
Sometimes, you can use insurance to pay, or partially pay, for blood tests. It’s always best to check with your health insurance plan to see what you’re covered for and if you’re responsible for copayments or deductibles.
How often should I get my blood tested?
The frequency with which you should get your blood tested is a question for your primary care physician. If you are an otherwise healthy person, some bloodwork is usually recommended once per year as part of your general physical exam. But if you have a health condition that requires more frequent monitoring, you may have to get blood tests at different intervals, such as twice per year, four times per year, or every month.
Can you eat or drink while fasting for a blood test?
Some blood tests do require that you fast for a certain number of hours to get more accurate results, while for others, eating and drinking don’t have an impact. When going for a blood test, read and follow pre-testing instructions carefully, or call the lab or your health care provider if you’re unsure.
What does routine blood work check for?
Routine blood work typically checks key levels in your blood to determine if yours are within the normal range. Depending on the test, lower or higher than normal results could indicate a possible infection, a sign that a body system or organ isn’t performing as it should, or it can help rule out conditions to help with diagnosis.
For example, a complete blood count measures your red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and hemoglobin. A basic metabolic panel is another common test that measures blood glucose, calcium, and electrolyte levels.