In Texas, 36-year-old Travis Warner got the shock of his life when his Covid-19 test result came in. Nope, he didn't have the dreaded virus - that was negative. What shocked him was the charge: $56,384, including $54,000 for a PCR test and the rest for an antigen test and facility fee! Usually, PCR Covid-19 tests cost anywhere between $8 to $15 in the US. However, due to limited testing availability at that time, Warner and his wife drove around 30 minutes from their home in Dallas to a free-standing emergency room in Lewisville. He had a health plan from Molina Healthcare who managed to negotiate the rate for both tests and the facility fee down to just under 17,000, which the insurer paid in full. Interestingly, his wife who underwent the same tests the same day at the same place was only billed 2,000. She has a separate insurance policy, which settled the claim for less than $1,000. (BS Social Plus)
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