Roosevelt Islander Online: Covid 19 PCR Test Available At Roosevelt Island Swift Emergency Care Test Site

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp
(RIOC) reported February 19 that the Swift Emergency Care Testing Site 

would
offer Covid 19 PCR testing. Today, RIOC sent out another announcement informing
the Roosevelt Island community about availability of the Covid PCR test.

Roosevelt Island’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site is now offering polymerase
chain reaction (PCR) tests, upon request at the check-in desk onsite. All
insurance will be accepted, so be sure to bring insurance information and
ID. Without proof of insurance, the PCR test will cost $200. Results will be
available within 48 hours.

Rapid antigen testing remains free of charge and no insurance is required.
Results available in as little as 15 minutes to approximately 24 hours,
depending upon volume of individuals tested.

Located at 524 Main St. (formerly the R.I. branch library), Wednesdays
through Saturdays, 9 AM to 5 PM. To pre-register, go to: RIOC.NY.GOV/556 or
call 212-702-0864 for assistance. It should be noted that you will be seen
on a first-come, first-serve basis by way of registration.

This week several Roosevelt Island residents have asked:

I was under the impression that Covid tests were free. Why is the Island lab
asking for insurance & charging for PCR tests?

I asked RIOC today:

Several residents have contacted me asking why the Roosevelt Island Swift
Covid Test Site is charging $200 for PCR Test to the uninsured and why they
are charging a co-pay for those with insurance.

According to the medical provider, the cost of the PCR test is consistent
with other provider rates for uninsured patients. The cost is derived from
the actual cost of the test and lab fees.

However that does not appear to be the case.

How much do each of these tests cost? 

Per the CARES Act, CityMD is
not collecting copayments for COVID-19 related visits. CityMD does not bill
for lab testing and inquiries regarding lab bills should discussed directly
with the lab partner.

If you have specific concerns, you may want to call your insurance provider
ahead of your visit to confirm they will cover the cost of your CityMD visit
and test.

Why is the RIOC Swift site is charging for PCR Tests which does not appear to
be consistent with other providers, namely City MD.

Also, any update regarding a Covid Vaccination site coming to Roosevelt
Island?

RIOC Public Information Officer Amy Smith replied.

As mentioned, according to the medical provider, the cost of the PCR test is consistent with other provider rates for uninsured patients. The cost is derived from the actual cost of the test and lab fees.

CityMD, as part of Summit CityMD, has approximately 8,000 employees, more than 1,600 providers, and 200 locations in New Jersey and New York. The Roosevelt Island COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site a one-of-a-kind pop-up.

You can schedule a Roosevelt Island Covid 19 test here.

[

Source link