COVID-19 PCR Diagnostic Testing Information
There are two types of tests available for COVID-19 screening: antibody and diagnostic.
Diagnostic Tests: Check samples from your respiratory system (such as swabs of the inside of the nose or mouth) to tell you if you currently have an infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Diagnostic tests can find the virus that causes COVID-19 in samples taken from your respiratory system, such as swabs of the inside of your nose or mouth. We utilize WestPacific, LabCorp and Sharp for lab testing. All labs offer PCR testing with a 2 – 7 day turnaround, depending on their backlog. Most insurances are covering the lab-sent diagnostic test. If you do not have insurance, the lab-sent diagnostic test is $180.
Most Marque clinics are also offering rapid molecular (PCR) diagnostic tests with same-day results, based on supplies. These are considered the gold standard in rapid testing and are extremely accurate. We are one of the select clinics in Orange and San Diego County offering rapid molecular PCR testing at point of care. We utilize the Accula (Silaris) PCR machines that provide actionable, laboratory-quality results at POC (point of care) with greater sensitivity and specificity than current infectious disease rapid immunoassay tests. Our rapid sample requires a one-inch deep swab into the nostril, which is painless and less intrusive than typical RT-PCR swabs that go deep into the nasal cavity. The rapid molecular test is not billed through insurance. The cost is $250 per test and is processed on-site in our clinic lab. The Rapid Molecular (PCR) Is cleared if you need a test for travel and/or surgery. To learn more about the Rapid Molecular PCR test, click here to read the Patient Fact Sheet.
How Can I Be Tested?
In order to get a COVID-19 diagnostic test, a Marque medical provider has to order it for you. If you suspect you have COVID-19 or currently are experiencing symptoms, please schedule a Virtual Visit with one of medical providers. They will assess and evaluate your symptoms and exposure risk to see if a COVID test is necessary. The visit is covered by insurance with no cost-sharing to our patients. If you do not use insurance, the virtual visit is $99. You must have a Marque medical provider referral in order to get a COVID-19 diagnostic swab. Once you have a referral from a Marque medical provider, we will call to schedule you for a test at the nearest testing clinic. Testing is only available for patients who have been given an order by a Marque medical provider.
Lab-sent diagnostic tests are covered by most insurance. If you do not have insurance, the lab-sent diagnostic test is $180. Rapid molecular PCR tests are not billed through insurance and are $250 per test. We understand how important it is to get results back fast – to both our patients and communities. Our medical team is working around the clock and we want to be here to support our patients now more than ever.
PCR Testing for Travel or Surgery
Need an approved COVID test for travel? Let us give you peace of mind.
We offer the RT-PCR (NAAT) Rapid COVID test that is approved for most traveling purposes.
To get this test, all you need is to:
1. Make a virtual consultation with one of our providers to have them order it for you (click here to make a virtual appointment).
2. Once the order is in your chart we will set you up with a specific day and time to get your test at a Marque testing facility.
3. The test will come back with same-day results, typically within an hour. We will email a copy and print out your results so you can bring them with you for your traveling purposes.
Please note these RT-PCR (NAAT) tests are not covered by insurance and are $250 per test. The virtual consultation is covered by insurance.