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If you have a medical test, protect yourself and your family by asking questions. Are the tests processed in the office or are they sent out to an off-site lab? How long will it take to get the results back? When can you expect a call? Can you get a copy of the test results to keep in your home medical file? If you don’t hear from the doctor in the specified time, call until you get the information you need. Don’t assume that “no news is good news.” Sometimes, test orders can be misplaced or delayed, so even if the doctor’s office says they will contact you with the results, take the initiative to find out.
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