If, as a US citizen or resident, I had flu-like symptoms and if I was not covered by Medicaid/Medicare and didn't have health insurance, who would be liable for paying for COVID-19 test diagnostics in a US hospital?
I saw an offhand remark about "the cost and people not getting tested as a result", in an online forum. It wasn't even a claim that it was happening, more like a quip that it might happen.
The US healthcare vs Euro/Canadian-style coverage debate has been done to death, but it usually revolves around the problems lack of coverage brings to the people who are ill. This is not what I am asking about.
An epidemic situation however brings a different dynamic: there's a vested interested for everyone else that sick people are identified as such and isolated, it's not just about the being well-being of the patients. To assist in containment, you want to remove as many barriers to early diagnosis as possible.
Is there/could there be some form of emergency funding for at least the tests themselves, at the federal level? One model is for example, the financial arrangements around vaccination programs.
the question concerns the procedure for the entire test, i.e. lab services as well as clinic time: seeing a doctor/nurse, taking the tests and getting the results. Nothing more, but also all of what's necessary for a YES/NO answer wrt having COVID-19 or not.
Bryan's answer is great wrt to the kit and lab services themselves, but someone still needs to interview you and take whatever samples are necessary to send off for testing,
Do these arrangements vary by state? Or does the Federal govt, through the CDC, have jurisdiction?
State vs Federal: it seems to me that a Federal-level guidance ought to be faster than waiting for all 50 states to come up with their own programs individually.