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What Is a Medical Courier Independent Contractor and How to Become One

What Does a Medical Courier-Independent Contractor Do?

As a medical courier-independent contractor, your duties focus on the transport and delivery of medical documents, records, lab specimens, test results, medical supplies, and medications. As an independent contractor, you work on a contract basis rather than as a full-time employee. A medical courier’s responsibilities include maintaining documentation, ensuring patient confidentiality, and recording chain of custody. You may transport between a hospital or clinic and a testing facility or medication supplier. Medical couriers may need to follow proper handling procedures when they carry items such as specimens or stem cells.

How to Become a Medical Courier-Independent Contractor

The qualifications needed to work as a medical courier-independent contractor include a driver’s license, a clean driving record, and a high school diploma. Medical couriers must know or be willing to learn procedures for transporting medical documents and specimens. You may need to communicate with an office or clinic to ensure proper handling and documentation. As an independent contractor, you may need a vehicle and valid insurance. A courier may need physical skills to lift objects as heavy as 50 lbs, and the organizational skills to transport multiple packages at one time.