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Preparing For The Exam

To obtain the best possible results, we suggest you follow a few simple steps.

  • Undressing is not required, but please wear a garment which is short sleeved, or has sleeves that can easily be rolled up.
  • Drink a glass of water one hour or so before the exam as this will facilitate obtaining a urine specimen.
  • Avoid caffeine for several hours before the exam.
  • Do not smoke for at least one hour prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least eight hours before the exam.
  • Fasting 8 to 10 hours before the blood test may be a requirement but is also recommended.
  • If you have large biceps or upper arms, please advise the nurse in advance as he or she will need to bring a large Blood Pressure cuff to the exam.
  • Be prepared with photo ID (ie. driver’s license, passport, health card) for the appointment.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise 12 hours prior to examination.
  • Provide any history of difficult blood draws.

Download a pdf version of Hooper-Holmes Canada Limited’s Preparing for your insurance medical exam. This document is a valuable tool in assisting you to understand the process and prepare for it adequately.


Your Insurance Blood Test

The Portamedic™ Health Professional will bring all of the necessary equipment which will include sterile needles, gloves, collection tubes and band-aids.

All needles are new, 100% sterile and never re-used. You may ask to see if the seal on the needle cover is intact. When the seal is not broken, the manufacturer guarantees that it is sterile.

Some Specifics About the Test

The Portamedic™ Health Professional will draw enough blood for 2-3 small tubes. Approximately 25 cc of blood will be needed to perform all of the tests required. This is a very small amount of blood that your body can easily replace within a day.

Because most of us tend to be a little more nervous when it comes to having our blood drawn, it is best to sit or lie down while the procedure is being done. Feel free to discuss any apprehension you have with the Portamedic™ examiner so she can make you feel as comfortable as possible.

People are different and their veins can vary. If the examiner seems to take some time, it could be that your veins are difficult to find and it should not be taken as an indication of the health professional’s ability. You may notice a slight temporary bruise following your test, but you should not experience any discomfort or swelling. Any discoloration will disappear in a few days.

After your blood sample is taken, it will be sent to a laboratory, as specified by your insurance company, where it will be analyzed according to their specifications. All results will be reported directly to your insurance company in the strictest of confidence.

At your request a copy of your blood test results can usually be forwarded directly to your personal physician. Please address your request in writing to the Underwriting Department of your insurance company.

Required Paperwork You’ll Need to Sign

You will be asked to sign a Notice and Consent form in order for the laboratory to release your test results to your insurance company. You will be provided with the necessary form requiring your signature.

Portamedic and your Insurance Company are working together to provide you with the highest quality of services.


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