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If you’re worried about the state of medical care—or more specifically its cost—in America today, then you have plenty of company. The high cost of healthcare has reached critical status as everyone, from patients and workers to employers and plan providers wrestles with how to rein in rising premiums and improve substandard experiences.

There is certainly plenty of cause for alarm. Let’s take a look at the numbers showing the high cost of healthcare and the impact it has on people making decisions about their medical needs.

  • According to a 2023 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), the annual family premium for employer coverage increased by approximately 7% last year and now is about $24,000 per year. Individual premiums are now around $8,500 per year.
  • In the previous five years, premiums rose a combined 22%—outpacing inflation (21%) and eating into wage gains (27%).
  • Approximately 15% of the average worker’s salary goes toward family plan premiums. If you also account for the out-of-pocket maximums, that percentage leaps up to 50%.
  • Two-thirds of employers polled stated that finding a way to control the high cost of health care was a top priority before 2025.
  • Patients are concerned too, with most saying lowering out-of-pocket health care costs is their top health care priority. Shockingly, 70% of Americans have admitted to cutting back on food, clothing, or other basic needs to pay medical bills.

Healthcare costs continue to rise due to a variety of factors, including more expensive technology, providers paying for quantity and not quality of care, unhealthy habits in the general population, and lack of information about care options and costs. At Lumina Imaging and Diagnostics, we’ve made battling poor patient experiences and higher healthcare costs the focus of what we provide. We prefer to align with partners and like-minded entities that believe patients should have access to high-quality care without the hassles, additional expense, and frustration that accompany healthcare too often.

Today, we’re highlighting one of those groups—Any Lab Test Now®.

Take Control of Your Testing Needs

Any Lab Test Now was founded on the principle that managing your health and well-being should be as simple and convenient as possible. Any Lab Test Now offers a unique approach to lab testing that puts the patient in the driver’s seat, giving them a simplified lab testing experience that prioritizes ease, confidentiality, and control.

With more than 230 locations across the country, Any Lab Test Now does not require doctor’s orders or an appointment—you can simply find the location nearest you (including five in Northeast Ohio), get in, and get your needed testing done in as little as 15 minutes. Most results are delivered within 24 to 72 hours and include the option to send them directly to your doctor.

Any Lab Test Now offers thousands of competitively-priced tests, including annual blood work, nutritional testing, drug testing, titer testing, and much more. These services are available to individuals as well as groups and organizations, such as healthcare facilities, schools, and employers.

These testing services are not only hassle-free but also a cost-effective alternative for many—and often come at a fraction of the price charged through insurance at other facilities. With a transparent pricing policy, you’ll know what your tests will cost upfront. Additionally, no insurance is required to secure testing at Any Lab Test Now—though HSA/ FSA accounts are accepted. The straightforward pricing and comprehensive range of tests ensure that you get the quality care you need, insurance-free.

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of the service, providing you with a discreet and secure environment from the moment you walk in the door to the confidential test results you obtain. And while navigating the world of lab testing can be overwhelming, customer service is a priority at At Any Lab Test Now. Clients sign in with an employee, not a computer, and the staff is always available to answer questions about testing and explain how the process works. This personalized attention ensures you are well-informed and comfortable with your testing choices.

Lumina Helps Combat the High Cost of Healthcare

Much like Any Lab Test Now, Lumina believes in more than simply providing medical imaging and diagnostics; we believe in providing an efficient, accessible, and empowering healthcare experience. All are important as employers and workers alike struggle to overcome the high cost of healthcare today. It’s a struggle we’ve identified often, from pointing out wasteful spending to the developing issues with Medicare Advantage.

At Lumina our flat-fee pricing structure adds transparency for patients, employers, and benefits providers alike. With an uncommon dedication to the patient experience—through comfort-adding features, nearby locations, and easily accessible facilities—we make it simple to get the hospital-quality MRI and CT scans required for less than hospital prices.

Connect with our team today to learn more or to arrange your next medical imaging appointment.

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