Over the past few months Pathlab has been testing Covid-19 requests for patients who require testing for either work related purposes, private travel or repatriation. During this time our team has been faced with increasing demands from both patients and requesters. These demands have resulted in increased workload with many processes requiring manual input.
As a result, we have had to review our pricing of Non-Funded Covid-19 testing to reflect the increasing workload we currently face.
Effective from Monday 30th November 2020, the cost for having a Covid-19 test that is collected at a medical practice for “Non-Funded Testing” (Employment Requirements, Private Travel or Repatriation) will be $170 including GST.
If the patient has the sample collected at a Pathlab Collection Room, the price will be $200 including GST.
Some airlines are requesting a GP certificate, together with the COVID testing result. If this occurs there are two options:
If a GP certificate is not required by the airline, there is another option:
COVID TEST REQUESTS WITHOUT PAYMENT: Non-payment or no indication to invoice the medical centre will mean the COVID test results are not released until payment is received / billing confirmed, which could delay reporting of the COVID test result.
RESULTS: COVID test results (for travel purposes only) will be emailed to the traveller by Pathlab – it is imperative to have the patient’s email address clearly written on the request form.
APPOINTMENTS: Some of our facilities require an appointment for a COVID test: Rotorua, Tauranga and Whakatane (COVID testing is 3.00-4.00pm only in Whakatane). Taupo and ALL Waikato facilities do not require a COVID test appointment.