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What you know about PCR Test


PCR Tests


PCR tests are similar to rapid tests in several ways, as they can be administered to those with or without symptoms and are conducted with a nasopharyngeal swab. But that’s where the similarities end.

PCR tests are considered the gold standard when it comes to COVID-19 testing. In fact, if you have ever been asked to show proof of a COVID-19 test, you were required to provide results from a PCR test. These tests provide more accurate results than rapid tests pruebas rapidas, and that’s because they use a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to identify the viral genetic material of COVID-19. This genetic material can be detected while a person is actively infected and also after the acute illness.

The downside to PCR tests, of course, is that results are not as quick as rapid tests. The general timeline is three to seven days, although it can be longer during peak periods.

COVID-19 Testing at PhysicianOne Urgent Care


PhysicianOne Urgent Care is here to help residents of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York who need COVID-19 testing. We offer both rapid and PCR testing at all of our locations, and we can help you determine the best option for your needs during a telemedicine evaluation.

NEW Rapid PCR test results for Flu, RSV, COVID, and Strep. Fastest option for testing, results, and quick treatment. 


Peace of mind is priceless. Our NEW on-site rapid PCR testing offers the gold standard in diagnostic testing with the fastest turn-around time available. With quick and accurate testing, you’ll get the answers you need to start feeling better faster and help protect the ones you love. Learn more about Rapid PCR testing here.

Will my insurance cover the testing?

With the exception of Express testing because a provider visit is not involved, we do submit all provider-visit tests through insurance. Insurance coverage for COVID-19 Antigen (rapid) tests varies, and in many cases coverage for this test is based on medical necessity. If you are symptomatic (showing symptoms) and the PhysicianOne Urgent Care provider evaluates you and determines it is medically necessary for the test, insurance will likely cover some or all of the visit and test fees. If you are asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) and a PhysicianOne Urgent Care provider determines it is not medically necessary, (for example, you require a test for travel and are not sick) you will be required to pay for the visit and test fees, should insurance deny the claim. We ask that you leave a credit card on file with us so that if you are responsible for payment the credit card on file will be charged if we receive notice from the insurance carrier that the claim is denied. We do recommend you speak with your insurance carrier to best understand what is covered for COVID-19 testing.

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