Do You Want to See Your Own Lab Results?

In Pennsylvania, you will soon be able to see the results of your own blood work without getting the information filtered through a physician.    The Obama Administration recently announced a new rule that is expected to take effect in a few months that would allow patients to get their own blood work results directly from the lab without waiting for a physician to receive and review the results.

Research indicates that some lab results never make it back to the doctor and that some doctors fail to communicate with patients about abnormal blood work results.  The Obama Administration has introduced the new rule in an effort to decrease instances of miscommunication and potential harm.

Those in support of the rule believe that patients will become empowered to take care of their own health.  Those opposed to the rule believe that doctors are needed to properly interpret test results.  What do you think? Is this a good thing for Pennsylvania patients?  Will it decrease instances of Pennsylvania medical malpractice or give patients access to hard to understand information?