Basic Health Check
A convenient package of commonly ordered lab tests that shows how your body is functioning.
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
This test measures levels of 14 individual components to assess your overall health.
Louisiana Blood Testing Directory
Please note that the labs listed below do not accept payment and will not perform testing without a physician’s order. To get a physician’s order, you can purchase lab tests in our secure online Shop. If you need assistance, please call us at 1-877-511-5227 or email [email protected] All orders are confidential.
Health Statistics in Louisiana
Louisiana’s reported deaths for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV are all above the national average. Heart disease death rates are particularly high, at a rate of 271 per 1,000 people compared to the total U.S. population rate of 209.4 per 1,000. But with early detection, death rates could be lower. Reported deaths in Louisiana include:
|Louisiana||Total U.S. Population|
|Cancer deaths (per 100,000)||199.4||182.6|
|Diabetes deaths (per 100,000)||41.6||31.4|
|Heart disease deaths (per 100,000)||271||209.4|
|HIV deaths (per 100,000)||2.4||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 Louisiana:
Louisiana 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:
- Affordable Labs LLCAddress: 11832 Newcastle Ave., Suite 12, Baton Rouge, LA 70816 Number: (225) 389-5020
- Clinical Pathology LaboratoriesAddress: 2535 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 219, Shreveport, LA 71118 Number: (318) 686-9866
- Gulf South LabsAddress: 901 Convention Center Blvd., Suite 111, New Orleans, LA 70130 Number: (504) 364-1844
- Our Lady of the Lake Lab ServicesAddress: 5000 Hennessy Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808 Number: (225) 765-8811
Address: 1125 West Hwy. 30, Gonzales, LA 70737 Number: (225) 647-5066
- Outpatient Medical Center (OMC)Address: 1640 Breazeale Springs St., Natchitoches, LA 71457 Number: (318) 357-2017
- Pathology Group of LouisianaAddress: 5339 O’Donovan Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808 Number: (225) 766-1090
- Stone DiagnosticsAddress: 615 Baronne St., Suite 100, New Orleans, LA 70113 Number: (844) 786-6325
Frequently Asked Questions About Blood Tests in Louisiana
Can I order my own blood tests in Louisiana?
Yes, you can order your blood tests in Louisiana, depending on the test.
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 Louisiana?
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 if your insurance covers you, or you can 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?
In some cases, 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 need 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.