Covid-19 Testing:

At Healthcare Associates of Texas, we have several different options for COVID-19 testing. If you come to one of our clinics for a COVID-19 test, your provider will determine which test is right for you based on your symptoms and health history. Although COVID-19 testing is generally offered at all our locations, depending on test availability, you may be directed to go to a different clinic. Please make sure to call or request an appointment online before coming to a clinic for a COVID-19 test. Scheduling your test ahead of time will help us make sure that you have a safe visit with us.

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BioFire Respiratory Panel 2.1 RNA PCR
  • What it is: The Biofire Panel is a comprehensive diagnostic test that indicates the presence of over 20 different respiratory pathogens, including the COVID-19 virus, two different families of the flu, certain cold viruses, and certain key strains of bacteria. The benefit of this testing option is that there is a greater chance that it can indicate which pathogen may be causing your symptoms. A negative test may simply mean you have allergies or an infection not tested in the panel.  This type of testing is the HCAT “gold standard” for respiratory testing.
  • How it’s performed: Your provider will take a deep nasal swab to collect the sample. The instrument to collect the swab is similar to a long cotton swab. Your provider will swab both nostrils in a similar manner. Patients describe the swab as irritating, but not painful. Your provider will then send the sample to a lab to be analyzed for the 20+ different pathogens.
  • Length of time until results: Test results are available in less than 24 hours.
  • Cash Price: $288.00.
    Patients should confirm with their insurance that COVID testing is a covered benefit. Patients who request cash pricing for COVID-19 testing will not have a bill sent to their insurance company.
SARS-COVID-2 Antigen FIA test
  • What it is: This test detects the presence of COVID-19 antigens. An antigen is a piece of viral material that is unique to the virus strain it belongs to. This means that every different virus has its own unique antigens. In the context of the SARS-COVID-2 Antigen FIA test, detecting the antigens can determine if the coronavirus is present in your body. This test cannot determine if you are immune to the coronavirus nor currently is there any such test that can guarantee immunity.
  • How it’s performed: Your provider will take a deep nasal swab to collect the sample. The instrument to collect the swab is similar to a long cotton swab. Your provider will swab both nostrils in a similar manner. Patients describe the swab as irritating, but not painful.  Your provider will then put your sample into a machine that detects the antigens.
  • Length of time until results: Test results are available in 15 minutes.
  • Cash Price: $100.00.
    Patients should confirm with their insurance that COVID testing is a covered benefit. Patients who request cash pricing for COVID-19 testing will not have a bill sent to their insurance company.
SARS-COVID-2 Antibodies Test
  • What it is: This test detects the presence of COVID-19 virus antibodies. Antibodies are pieces of protein that your immune system creates in response to an infection such as a virus or bacteria. The presence of COVID-19 antibodies in your body would indicate that you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. It is possible to have been exposed to COVID-19 without experiencing symptoms. If you have antibodies, it may indicate a past or present infection of COVID-19 or another coronavirus. Currently, it is unknown if antibodies detected from this test indicate immunity to COVID-19.
  • How it’s performed: Your blood will be drawn and then sent to a lab to be tested.
  • Length of time until results: Test results are available several days later after the blood draw.
  • Cash Price: $130.00.
    Patients should confirm with their insurance that COVID testing is a covered benefit. Patients who request cash pricing for COVID-19 testing will not have a bill sent to their insurance company.