Roosevelt Islander Online: RIOC Announced PCR Covid 19 Test Available Starting February 20 At Roosevelt Island Swift Emergency Care Testing Site

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
announced late this afternoon:

Roosevelt Island’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site will be offering polymerase
chain reaction (PCR) tests, upon request at the check-in desk onsite,
starting Saturday, February 20th. 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.

I asked RIOC:

Why is Swift charging $200 for the more accurate Covid Test to people without
insurance? Do other Covid 19 NYC sites charge $200, or any amount, for the
same covid test to people without insurance. Something sounds wrong about
this. It discourages people who don’t have insurance from getting the more
accurate test. Any comment from RIOC?

RIOC Public Information Officer Amy Smith replied:

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.

Let’s talk Covid with Dr. Jay Varma, Senior Advisor for Public Health at Office of the Mayor of
New York City


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