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Old 05-14-2020, 11:15 AM
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Just came up in a conversation at work,and curious.
There are drive thrus,employers giving them,people with and without insurance.

So,what would a ballpark figure if you wanted one out of the pocket?35$...350$...150$..??
I know there are variables.and it "just depends"
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Old 05-14-2020, 12:07 PM
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I heard it is $130 in Houston.

A lab test service I use is doing them at some locations. Now I have to say I am due for a blood test, I have to get yearly, to make sure the lithium is at a good level and not harming me. But NO WAY IN HELL am I going to an office with probable COVIDS running around wanting a test. NO way. Doc is just going to have to wait.
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Our River Oaks (Waugh Dr.) and Northwest (FM 1960 & Hwy. 290) store locations are now offering the COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test. The IgG Antibody Test detects a person’s past exposure to the coronavirus. Testing is performed by advance appointment only.

Routine lab testing services and B-12 shots are available at our North Loop (I-610 and N. Shepherd); Medical Center (Holcombe & Greenbriar); Katy Freeway (Bunker Hill & I-10); Willowbrook (Hwy. 249); and League City stores.

The medical assistants at all Any Lab Test Now store locations thoroughly sanitize the phlebotomy area after each blood draw, and the waiting area several times a day. Here is what to expect if you schedule an appointment for testing, whether for the Antibody IgG or routine lab tests. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we all adjust to new business protocols that align with the current pandemic requirements.

Customers must come to their appointment wearing a face mask or face covering. Our medical assistants will be wearing the same, along with additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Customers will be guided through a pre-screening questionnaire prior to their appointment. For the well-being of all of our customers and staff, we will ask each person a series of questions related to COVID-related symptoms.

If you are interested an IgG Antibody Test and had symptoms in the past seven (7) to ten (10) days, antibodies may not be detected. You may want to wait a little longer before getting tested.

Read our Informed Consent Form (IgG Antibody Test Only). In addition to our standard lab testing intake form, we will ask each tested party to read, sign and date an Informed Consent Form specific to COVID-19 IgG Antibody Testing.

Use hand sanitizer upon entering the store location. We will provide easy access to a station with hand sanitizer in the reception area once customers enter the store.

Please bring your own pen. To maintain low-touch protocols, please bring your own pen to sign documentation that may not have been completed in advance of your appointment.

More touchless options – paperwork provided in advance. We can also provide you the documents you’ll need to sign as part of the testing process via e-mail prior to your appointment. Simply call and ask the medical assistant, provide your e-mail address, and they will send the documents to you. You can also pay over the phone!

Social distancing will be in effect at the store location. Testing by appointment only will allow us to stagger customers and ensure we can maintain safe social distancing practices within the facility. If needed, the medical assistant may ask individuals to wait outside or in their car until other customers leave.


Thank you for understanding our “new normal” business protocols,
and we look forward to serving you soon
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Old 05-14-2020, 12:21 PM
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Right now the national guard is doing tests in northern Wisconsin. If you have any symptoms at all and are a WI resident they are encouraging you to get tested and it is free. They are hoping for lots of negative tests to give an idea of how many are infected but have no/mild symptoms.

I also heard 2nd hand stories of people going to the ER 2 months ago and getting a $3500 bill.
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I also heard 2nd hand stories of people going to the ER 2 months ago and getting a $3500 bill.
They must have had good insurance. They got off cheap. My BIL is an ER nurse. The list of tests (blood panel, arterial gases, x rays, sputum tests, pulmonary function test, EKG and more) that must be complete BEFORE you are given THE test is a long one, takes quite a while to complete and most ERs charge the use of the room on the 1/2 hour. The specialists require to read and certify those test results, will bill separately.


Let me also remind you Trump said on March 6 "Anybody that wants a test can get a test. That’s what the bottom line is," and Pence announced on Sunday March 15th "All coronavirus testing will be free of charge, including for uninsured Americans."
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They must have had good insurance. They got off cheap. My BIL is an ER nurse. The list of tests (blood panel, arterial gases, x rays, sputum tests, pulmonary function test, EKG and more) that must be complete BEFORE you are given THE test is a long one, takes quite a while to complete and most ERs charge the use of the room on the 1/2 hour. The specialists require to read and certify those test results, will bill separately.


Let me also remind you Trump said on March 6 "Anybody that wants a test can get a test. That’s what the bottom line is," and Pence announced on Sunday March 15th "All coronavirus testing will be free of charge, including for uninsured Americans."
Make up the short fall on inflated ventilator prices.
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As for Covid19 test..... mine was free. It was a drive up deal in Atlanta. At a Georgia Tech parking garage. CVS Minute clinic runs the operation
Totally free.
But you must have symptoms to get the appointment

As for antibodies testing. Go to the website for Quest Diagnostic Lab. Nationwide
You can pay for the test and get an appointment near you.
Cost like 130 dollars. Money well spent I believe
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