New Mexico 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 New Mexico
New Mexico’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 New Mexico include:
|New Mexico||Total U.S. Population|
|Cancer deaths (per 100,000)||180||182.6|
|Diabetes deaths (per 100,000)||37.2||31.4|
|Heart disease deaths (per 100,000)||192.1||209.4|
|HIV deaths (per 100,000)||–||1.5|
Source: CDC National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Dashboard
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)||
New Mexico 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:
- CHRISTUS Health St. Vincent Regional LaboratoryAddress: 1631 Hospital Dr., Suite 130, Sante Fe, NM 87505 Number: (505) 913-3110
- Clinical Pathology LaboratoriesAddress: 2905 Hillrise Dr., Las Cruces, NM 88011 Number: (575) 522-1886
- New Mexico Department of Health San Miguel CountyAddress: 18 Gallegos Rd., Las Vegas, NM 87701 Number: (505) 425-9368
- Southwest LabsAddress: 4261 Balloon Park Rd., Albuquerque, NM 87109 Number: (505) 609-LABS
- TricoreAddress: 1001 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Number: (505) 938-8888
- University of New Mexico (UNM) HealthAddress: 2211 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 Number: (925) 416-3600
Frequently Asked Questions About Blood Tests in New Mexico
Can I order my own blood tests in New Mexico?
Depending on the test, you can order blood tests in New Mexico. There are at-home kits you can purchase online and blood tests you can buy that direct you to a participating lab and do not require a doctor’s order.
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 New Mexico?
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 you are covered by your insurance or if 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?
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.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mortality Dashboard. Updated October 26, 2022. Accessed October 28, 2022. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/mortality-dashboard.htm
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Blood Tests. Updated March 24, 2022. Accessed October 24, 2022. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/blood-tests
New Mexico Health Department. Health Statistics. Date unknown. Accessed October 24, 2022. https://www.nmhealth.org/about/erd/bvrhs/hsp/