ATHENS, GEORGIA -- BCBS now only allow us to use Labcorp to do our laboratory diagnostic tests. The problem is that Labcorp can not handle the increase in the number of patients. The staff is not enough and not qualified. The consequence is that when we need to have blood drawn for a test, we have up to two hours waiting times and if you are the unlucky one who gets the "not so good" nurse, get ready for some painful bleeding and also running the risk of your sample getting mixed up (this nurse drops the tubes on the floor so you never know).
The other extra problem is that labcorp does not open until 8 am so if you have to be at work at 8 you need to ask for the morning off just for a blood test! You need to consider the waiting time and if you need to fast before the test be prepared to not be able to have your breakfast until 9:30 or 10 am.
I would like for BCBS to stop forcing us to use labcorp and allow other laboratories (as it was before) to do these diagnostic tests.