When covid first hit, there was drive up testing practically every where. Time goes by, things settle down a bit, and a lot of that drive up testing disappeared. Regular testing as well.
There is exactly 1 urgent care clinic in the area that openly explains how to pay for testing, and if you don’t have insurance, testing is free. There is 1 of 2 main hospitals that has a passing mention of the congressional act that makes this so, if you dig deep enough into their website.
There is a chain of care clinics that has become fairly predominant in the area for non-urgent care in the area. They have 3 clinics for testing if you have symptoms and 1 clinic if you don’t have symptoms, by appointment only.
There are a few pharmacies around, sort of hit and miss which ones on what days, that mostly test only limited numbers per day.
I am standing in line(5th in line) at 630 am and hour and a half before the the clinic I first mentioned opens. They do 3 batches of 25 tests a day and then have their own inhouse lab to determine results, no appointment, first come first served. It didn’t used to be this way at this clinic.
I give kudos to this clinic for their actions regarding covid testing.
The rest of the medical establishment…
There is a special place in hell reserved just for those responsible, who made the decision to restrict availability of testing locations, by appointment only and not fully and openly disclosing the financial side of it.
I know this seems weak but I’m fucking cold and my hands are freezing and I’m done for now so I can put them in my pockets