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.
Minnesota 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 Minnesota
Minnesota’s reported deaths for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and HIV are all under the national average. But with early detection, death rates could be lower. Reported deaths in Minnesota include:
|Minnesota||Total U.S. Population|
|Cancer deaths (per 100,000)||177.9||182.6|
|Diabetes deaths (per 100,000)||26.9||31.4|
|Heart disease deaths (per 100,000)||147.3||209.4|
|HIV deaths (per 100,000)||0.5||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)||
Minnesota 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:
- Family Tree ClinicAddress: 1919 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis MN 55403 Number: (612) 473-0800
- HOPE ClinicAddress: CHUM Center, 125 N First Ave. W., Duluth, MN 55802, [email protected] Number: (651) 602-7500
- Minnesota Community CareAddress: 19685 Pilot Knob Rd., Farmington, MN 55024 Number:
- People’s Center Clinics and ServicesAddress: 425 20th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55454 Number: (612) 332-4973
- Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC)Address: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2742 15th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 Number: (612) 724-1690
- Neighborhood Health SourceAddress: 2301 Central Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55418 Number: (612) 588-9411
- Open Cities Health Center, Inc.Address: 409 North Dunlap St., St. Paul, MN 55104 Number: (651) 290-9200
Frequently Asked Questions About Blood Tests in Minnesota
Can I order my own blood tests in Minnesota?
You may order your own blood tests in Minnesota, though there may be some exceptions for certain types of tests.
Can I request a blood test without seeing a doctor?
Some blood tests, called direct access testing or direct-to-consumer testing, can be done without seeing a doctor. You can go to a lab directly or order a test online.
How much does blood testing cost in Minnesota?
Blood testing pricing can be all over the map because of different factors. First, it depends on your health insurance coverage and if you have to make copayments or cover a deductible. The type of blood test and where you go will also impact the total cost. Routine blood work will usually be less expensive than specialty testing.
Can I use insurance to get my blood tested?
Insurance will usually pay, or partially pay, for blood testing, but it’s always a good idea to get in touch with your plan to ask. You can also ask the health care provider for a breakdown of costs.
How often should I get my blood tested?
Blood tests should be part of your yearly health care screenings, but in many cases, your doctor may request that you do them more frequently. For example, if you have a chronic health condition or you are on certain medications, your physicians may need to monitor certain levels found in your blood.
Can you eat or drink while fasting for a blood test?
You may have to refrain from eating or drinking before getting a blood test. This depends on the kind of testing you are getting. Be sure to ask about any instructions you must follow, and carefully review any written instructions to get the most accurate results.
What does routine blood work check for?
Routine blood testing will check the levels of certain things in your blood to see if they are within normal limits. If you are above or below normal, it could be a sign that either follow-up testing is needed or it can help your doctor confirm or rule out certain diagnoses.
Common routine blood tests include a complete blood count, which measures your red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and hemoglobin. Another is the basic metabolic panel that tests your blood glucose, calcium, and electrolyte levels.