Regular blood tests can spot potentially harmful diseases and conditions early and lead to corrective treatment. Yet according to a survey that gather input from 1,200 insured individuals, less than half are asked by their primary care clinicians to undergo a routine blood test that isn't related to illness or injury.

That finding is among the output of a study by HealthMine. This gap in the medical care system exists despite consumers' clear willingness to undergo a routine blood test: 76 percent of respondents said they believe they should be able to have blood tests routinely and more than two-thirds said they would do so as part of a wellness or preventive care program if the tests were convenient, affordable and relatively painless.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.