What kind of rapid Covid-19 testing do you do?
We can perform rapid Covid-19 antigen and antibody testing directly in our office. We currently do not provide Covid-19 PCR testing in our office.
What is the Covid-19 antigen test?
The rapid COVID-19 antigen test performed in our office is the BD Veritor Plus system antigen test which is FDA approved for detection of early COVID-19 infection. It is performed using a foam tipped swab which does not reach as far back into the nasal cavity as a PCR testing swab. This makes obtaining a sample more comfortable for the patient. Results are available in 15 minutes.
What is the Covid-19 antibody test?
We use the Covid-19 antibody test kit by Healgen. It detects both IgM and IgG Covid-19 antibodies. It is FDA approved and looks for antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to Covid-19. It is not used to detect an active Covid-19 infection. It is done to see if you have had a recent or past Covid-19 infection. A simple fingerstick for a drop of blood is all that is needed. Results are available in 15 minutes.
What is the cost of the tests?
As of July 31, 2020 insurance carriers are NOT covering the cost of COVID-19 screening for the purpose of surgical clearance, return to work mandates by employers, or for travel. These are not considered a medical necessity by insurance carriers.
Accordingly, the price for the antigen test is $150 and the cost for the antibody test is $100 with same day results in 15 minutes.