Once you get your appointment time, they want you to leave the office and sit in your car for a visit scheduled within 30 minutes, or else leave until your later appointment time and wait in the card for a call to come in. They have scan a QR code that links to a form they want you to complete that collects all the information of your contact information and then if you’re going to pay personally or use insurance. We were just paying ourselves because it’s for travel rather than medical. The cost is $195 for the PCR test.
One Hour Result for a PCR Test
I sat in my car until they called me right at 9:10 where the technician told me to go directly to room 5, so I walked right in and straight back to the exam rooms. Within 30 seconds the technician came in, and he asked if I had symptoms, and I replied no, I’m just getting the Covid test for travel. He told me that the results would be ready in 40 minutes to an hour, and I said no, I need a PCR test. He assured me that it would be a PCR test, and if it was a rapid test, he would have results in 15 minutes. I admit I questioned the guy repeatedly to ensure he provided a PCR test – he said they have the testing equipment onsite to get the results. I think we’ve all heard stories of it taking days and days to get PCR test back.
I did have a conversation with the doctor later and she said that Piedmont had invested in having lab equipment on site. They used to send out the tests in a batch to Quest and other labs, and that was what took so long. Since they no longer have to collect tests all day and then send them out to the lab to be analyzed and be at the mercy of those labs, now they can use the five PCR testing machines they have on-site to provide such quick turnaround. I had my appointment at 9:10 a.m., and I and I got my email at 10:04 a.m. (negative – yay!).
I will say it is a huge relief just to have that chore completed more than 24 hours before we ever leave home for our flight. We now have a negative test result, so we know we’re good to go to get on our cruise.
What Happens If
There have been some other issues or questions in regard to ‘what happens if’, in regard to testing positive, and how that works with insurance. What happens if you have a negative test right before you’re going to leave, or when you’re trying to come back to the US.
I’m going to direct you to a document that I’ve put on my website from Travel Insured, the primary travel insurance company that we use. The document explains how various situations are handled.
When it comes to travel insurance, the plan document defines everything so you must follow those written rules, but it’s nice to have some general information. Here are some tips but your own specific situation and plan document will determine how insurance handles it.
When talking with the travel insurance specialist, she gave me an analogy that I think is exceptionally helpful. Any place you use the word covid, substitute the flu. So if right before you were going to take a trip you got the flu, would your travel insurance cover it? One key requirement for the sickness benefit associated with your travel insurance is there must be a physician that determines your medical status – you cannot self-diagnose. You can’t say “I’ve got the flu, I’m going to cancel my trip” – if you were to do that, you would not get reimbursed by travel insurance because there’s no doctor involved. So, the same thing with Covid – don’t self-diagnose. If you have a positive test, you need to make sure you have a doctor who is saying you are sick – cannot self-diagnose from a home test.
So now I’m ready to jet off to Greece tomorrow. I’m sure I will have lots more travel insights to share in the future weeks.