'I was floored': Coronavirus test prices charged by some hospitals and labs stun consumers, spur questions
When Lisa Robertson sought coronavirus testing for her college athlete daughter, a pediatrician recommended a small, independent pharmacy in Arlington, Virginia.
Preston’s Pharmacy charged $35 to take a nasal swab specimen and sent it off to a lab, Principle Diagnostics, for quick results. The lab billed her insurance company $864 – more than eight times than what the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reimburses for COVID-19 tests.
“I was floored,” said Robertson.
Her daughter learned days later she did not have the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and returned...