Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: At-home tests are hard to find, and there’s some price gouging

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: At-home tests are hard to find, and there’s some price gouging

By Jeanne Pinder and Virginia Jeffries At-home Covid tests are very hard to find. And the prices are spiraling up, despite promises by city, state and federal governments in the United States to make them available for free. New York Health + Hospitals, the New York public housing entity, is passing out free boxes of […]

Coronavirus (Covid) and the tests: Growing use of home tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases

Coronavirus (Covid) and the tests: Growing use of home tests leaves health agencies in the dark about unreported cases

“When fans of the band Phish started falling ill with Covid-19 all over the country after a Halloween concert weekend in Las Vegas, public health officials were largely in the dark about what appears to have been a superspreader event,” Kathleen McLaughlin writes over at Stat. “In a Facebook post from mid-November with hundreds of […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: Texas man charged $54,000 for Covid tests at hospital emergency room

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: Texas man charged $54,000 for Covid tests at hospital emergency room

“A Dallas man was charged $54,000 for his COVID-19 tests at an emergency room in Lewisville, Texas –- a staggering fee that is not only legal, but hardly the only coronavirus test to break the bank for a time-desperate person during the pandemic,” Scott Gleeson writes for USA Today. “Travis Warner told NPR that his […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: Suddenly, in many places, it’s hard (or costly) to get tested — and the results are slow in coming

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: Suddenly, in many places, it’s hard (or costly) to get tested — and the results are slow in coming

(Updated, Sept. 18) Coronavirus (Covid-19) testing has increasingly become more expensive and slower — or at least less dependably fast — with the surge in infections nationwide. Here are some recent findings from our reporting. We have been following the coronavirus (Covid-19) testing situation since May 2020. Here’s an update as of today, April 25, […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: A year later, the lack of testing is having significant effects

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the tests: A year later, the lack of testing is having significant effects

Chimére L. Smith, a Baltimore schoolteacher, is an expert on the Covid testing vacuum. Smith, 38, got Covid last March, but never had a positive test. Emergency rooms and doctors dismissed her without effective treatment multiple times. She’s still ill, experiencing occipital neuralgia, fibromyalgia, mild cognitive impairment, brain fog, severe joint pain, gastrointestinal issues, memory […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the bills: This hospital is charging as much as $1,931 for a Covid test

(Updated, April 24) A Long Island hospital is coming under fire for sending Covid testing bills as high as $1,931 to multiple members of the community. Scott Nadboy received bills of $1,720 each for his family of four, both times the family got tested for a ski trip to Maine, at St. Francis Hospital & […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and test avoidance: Why are some people not getting tested?

Earlier this fall, the predominantly Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel, N.Y., managed to drop its positive Covid test rate from 34.2% in the last week of September, to a shocking 4.2% just one month later, the Jewish-American news organization The Forward reported. According to The Forward, town leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: CDC reviewing ‘stunning’ universal testing results from Boston homeless shelter

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: CDC reviewing ‘stunning’ universal testing results from Boston homeless shelter

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now “actively looking into” results from universal COVID-19 testing at Pine Street Inn homeless shelter,” Drew Karedes from Boston 25 News reported. “The broad-scale testing took place at the shelter in Boston’s South End a week and a half ago because of a small cluster of cases […]

Test charges: $401 = $24.80

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Test charges: $401 = $24.80

It’s not the first time medical bills in my family have seemed really confusing. Take a look at these two bills, for the same procedure, performed not long ago. The top one is from the provider for the actual test, a blood test at a lab. The charge was $401, the mysterious “adjustment” $376.20, leaving […]