Starting on December 18, 2020, First Care Medical Clinic is pleased to offer rapid COVID antigen testing at all clinic locations. Appointments are strongly encouraged, however walk-in testing is available at all locations.
Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 virus, testing options available, and insurance coverage are listed below.
Internal Medicine Q & A
What Tests Are Available at First Care Medical Clinic?
Two types of COVID-19 tests are available to detect the presence of the COVID-19 virus: Antigen (nasal swab) and Antibody (blood). These tests can be either rapid (results within minutes) or standard (results within days).
- Antigen tests will show the presence of an active COVID-19 infection, and can be either rapid or standard testing.
- Antibody tests will show if your body has developed antibodies for COVID-19 infections, indicating you have had (and most likely have recovered from) COVID-19 within the past three to six months, and is conducted via blood draw with standard testing.
What Test is Right For Me?
For most patients, the Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test will satisfy most requirements for COVID-19 screenings. First Care Medical Clinic uses the CareStart COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test, which provides results within 15 minutes to one hour. Unless your employer, school, or other agency requests the more detailed PCR test, the Rapid Antigen test will be right for you. For more information regarding the Rapid Antigen Test, please click here to view the Patient Information Sheet.
For some patients, their employer, school, or other agency may require a more detailed test than the Rapid test can provide. Should the PCR Antigen test be necessary, your results will be available within 3 to 5 business days.
COVID-19 Antibody testing is only conducted on an as needed basis by request only, usually to meet a specific need.
Unless specifically requested, patients will be given the Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test. Your provider will discuss the options with you and determine the best test for you.
What is the cost of the test? Do you accept insurance?
Your insurance provider will determine your out-of-pocket cost for COVID-19 testing. As a general rule of thumb, most insurance will cover either 100% of the cost of the test, or will cover the cost of testing minus a small out-of-pocket copay or other nominal fee. We will verify your insurance coverage prior to your appointment, or you may call your insurance provider directly.
A full list of accepted insurance providers can be found by clicking here. However, please note that if you are part of an HMO, and your insurance card lists the name and telephone of a primary care provider, we are unable to bill your insurance for COVID-19 testing, and you will be responsible for the entire cost of the testing.
What if I do not have insurance?
Under state and federal programs, individuals without any insurance may be eligible for free COVID-19 testing. We will verify your eligibility through the federal portal prior to testing.