Baton Rouge lab opens new location in parish

Gina Zanutto

Affordable Laboratory Services, LLC recently arrived at Laville Square in Gonzales. The company offers blood work and other tests without a physician order and without health insurance, a rarity in Ascension Parish.

“In Louisiana, if you personally pay for it, you can have any lab work you want; whereas with Medicare, Medicaid and insurance, you need an order,” said laboratory owner Ron Jenkins. “We will do both. If a patient walks in with an order, we do it; if they prefer to use health insurance, we will do that too.”

These services can be useful for those monitoring conditions like high cholesterol and diabetes that can require numerous, costly doctor visits and other appointments. A high percentage of both diseases are present in the state of Louisiana, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The company also treats self-insured patients, another Louisiana commonality due to the large numbers of contractors and other self-employed individuals.

“We’re way less expensive for people who have no insurance or really high deductibles, like self-employed individuals,” Jenkins said. “Costs are less if you come to us because we have that cash option.”

The lab is an affiliate of Mobile Tech Medical Laboratories, which is licensed in accordance with the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments. Because the majority of tests are analyzed locally, results are presented in 24 hours.

“The majority of our results come out the same day,” Jenkins said. “Some patients get results while they wait. If there is anything that is way out of whack, we recommend that they do see their physicians.”

The privately-owned medical service already operates within two other locations in Denham Springs, a collection site similar to the Gonzales location, and Baton Rouge, the testing and analysis site. Additionally, the 10-year-old business offers drug screening, DNA paternity testing and in-home services.

“We want to be known as the lab to go to,” Jenkins said. “This is especially because of the convenience to the patient. If for some reason they can’t get to the lab, we will even bring the lab to them in their home.”