I'm about due for my first A1C since my insurance stopped paying for it, and am wondering about different ways to have the test done.
Until now I've always just gone to the hospital lab. They draw a little test tube full of blood and send the result to my doctor a week or so later. Now that I have to pay for it myself, this test at the hospital will cost me $105.
Then today I saw a poster at my pharmacy, advertising an A1C test they do with a "simple finger stick." They give you the results in about 5 minutes, and it costs $32.
I've never heard of doing an A1C with a finger stick before. Is it the same test they do at the hospital lab? How can they get an accurate result with so little blood?
Should I continue going to the hospital lab even though it's more expensive, just to be consistent? I've heard that different labs return different results, but so far my local hospital lab is the only place I've ever had the test done.
Thanks for any info.