Attention Patients: Now Offering Rapid COVID-19 Testing. Available At All Locations. visit our COVID-19 page for more information.
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COVID-19 Testing Available at MEC

Rapid Testing Now Available! Learn more in the FAQ below.

Midwest Express Clinic is dedicated to keeping our patients informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we are still open and seeing patients for primary and preventive care, as well as offering COVID-19 testing and antibody testing.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, you may be at risk. Learn more about if you qualify for COVID-19 testing at MEC below.

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Midwest Express Clinic is not currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine. We will provide more updates as supplies and information regarding the vaccine become more available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

An office visit is required for patients seeking COVID-19 testing to ensure you receive the best possible care. See instructions below for more information about our online check-in process.

TEST RESULTS TURNAROUND TIMES

Midwest Express Clinic offers both the PCR nasal swab and rapid testing for COVID-19, as well as antibody testing at all locations.

COVID-19 test results are returned on the same day for rapid testing and within 24-48 hours for the nasal swab test. In rare circumstances, it may take longer, depending on lab capacity.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS

All patients interested in COVID-19 testing must register and submit ID and insurance information online.

When you arrive to our office, please stay in your vehicle. You will need to call our office and be pre-screened prior to receiving service. This will determine if we are able to see you inside or curbside.

NOW OFFERING ANTIBODY TESTING

Midwest Express Clinic is now offering COVID-19 antibody testing, including rapid tests with results available in 15 minutes! Patients must be symptom free for 14 days to be eligible for this test. If you’re interested in learning more about antibody testing, you can do so here!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are You Offering the COVID-19 Vaccine?

At this time Midwest Express Clinic offices are not offering the COVID-19 vaccine. Please follow our health blog and social media pages for more updates as information becomes available.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tell me more about rapid testing for COVID-19.

Midwest Express Clinic is now offering rapid testing for COVID-19 at all of our locations!

Rapid tests have an 85% accuracy when used to test symptomatic patients.

Test results are returned within the same day for rapid tests.

For pricing information on our rapid COVID-19 testing, please view the additional sections below labeled “How Much Is The COVID-19 Test?” and choose the option (self-pay or insurance) that fits your situation.

Note: Patients using insurance cannot be tested using the PCR nasal swab test and the rapid test on the same day. We apologize for any inconvenience.

I NEED A TEST BEFORE TRAVEL. CAN I GET THE RAPID TEST?

If you are planning to travel and need a test, we recommend getting the PCR nasal swab test, rather than the rapid test, because this is what is required for travel.

Generally airlines will require patients to test within 72 hours of their flight. We recommend verifying the guidelines set by your airline for the most accurate information.

how much is the covid-19 test? (Self-Pay)

For Asymptomatic Patients – Rapid COVID-19 Testing

For patients who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are interested in receiving a rapid test, the out-of-pocket rate is $75. 

If you need return to work documentation or other paperwork, you will need to be seen by a provider. The out-of-pocket rate for the office visit and COVID-19 test will be $110.

For Symptomatic Patients – Rapid COVID-19 Testing

Patients who are feeling unwell will need to be seen by a provider. The out-of-pocket rate for the office visit and a rapid COVID-19 test will be $110. 

If your provider determines that you may need another test, such as a flu or strep test, there may be additional charges of $10 per test.

PCR Testing

Patients who need a PCR nasal swab test for travel, work, or other reasons will need to be seen by a provider. The out-of-pocket rate for all PCR tests, regardless of symptoms, is $175.

Note: patients who need work documentation, post-testing notes, or other paperwork MUST BE SEEN BY A PROVIDER.

how much is the covid-19 test? (Insurance)

For Patients Using Insurance

The cost of COVID-19 testing may vary depending on your insurance coverage. We recommend contacting your insurance provider for specific coverage and costs. Our office will collect a co-pay at the time of visit, if applicable.

Please be aware that all patients, regardless of symptoms, using insurance for COVID-19 testing will be seen by a provider. This means that an office visit will be billed out.

If you choose to use your insurance, we will not be able to reduce to our same-day, self-pay pricing at a later point. Patients cannot receive both the rapid and PCR test on the same day if they are using insurance. 

Note: all patients who need work documentation, post-testing notes, or paperwork MUST BE SEEN BY A PROVIDER.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 resemble the flu and include a fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, aches and pains and a sore throat.

Do I Qualify For COVID-19 Testing?

Midwest Express Clinic is currently testing all patients, regardless of symptoms, including anyone that meets any of the following criteria:

  • Anyone that wants to be tested to rule out COVID-19 (with or without symptoms)
  • Anyone that has had any sort of exposure to COVID-19 (with or without symptoms)
  • Any frontline or essential worker, or first responder (with or without symptoms)
  • Any employee with an employer request for testing
  • Anyone with an order for testing

If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still receive testing at our providers’ discretion. Please register online at your closest testing location

What does direct exposure mean?

If the person you were exposed to hasn’t tested positive and is not showing symptoms, that means you were not directly exposed to COVID-19.

WHICH LOCATIONS OFFER TESTING? What ARE The HOURS?

COVID-19 testing is available at all Midwest Express Clinic locations.

Testing is available from 8am until 8pm daily.

HOW IS the Test Performed?

The COVID-19 test is swabbed through the nose. You may feel some minor discomfort and it may make your eyes water.

Test results for the PCR test are returned on average within 24-48 hours. Test results for the rapid test are returned on the same day. In rare circumstances, it may take longer, depending on lab capacity.

i'm a first-responder, healthcare worker or "essential worker," but i have no symptoms. can I get tested for COVID-19?

Yes! Visit our locations page to find your nearest testing center and schedule a visit online.

I may have been exposed, but i'm not sure. what should i do?

If you feel you have been potentially exposed, but are not feeling any symptoms and are not a first responder, healthcare worker, or “essential worker,” you can still get tested!

Please visit our locations page to find your closest testing center and schedule a same-day visit. 

i have a cough or other COVID-19 symptoms. can I get tested?

We are providing COVID-19 testing for all patients, regardless of symptoms.

Prior to your visit, you will be asked some pre-screening questions about your symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19.

my symptoms have not stopped or have worsened. what should i do?

If your symptoms have not stopped, have worsened, or if you are having trouble breathing, please go to your nearest emergency room. If you feel your symptoms are life-threatening, call 911.

However, if you do not feel that your symptoms are emergent, please visit our locations page and schedule a same-day visit at your closest testing center.

I have already been tested at an mec location. where are my results?

COVID-19 test results are returned on the same day for rapid testing and within 24-48 hours for the PCR nasal swab test. In rare circumstances, it may take longer, depending on lab capacity.

If your COVID-19 test results are negative, they will be emailed to you. You will receive a text message indicating when your results have been emailed to you.

If your test results are positive, you will receive a text with a link for a secure video call with one of our providers. Please click the link to start your telehealth visit. We do this in order to provide further education on COVID-19 management, instruction on the quarantine timeframe, and offer a note for work if needed.

You can also access your test results through our patient portal.

Please call the clinic where you received your test for any questions regarding your results.

I just need a note to return to work. can i get a work note?

Yes, we are able to provide a work note along with your test results.

Please note: you must self-quarantine for 10 days and show no symptoms before we can clear you to go back to work.

If i come in to your clinic, how do i know i won't be exposed?

All Midwest Express Clinic locations have implemented protocols consistent with the CDC’s guidelines to ensure the quality and safety of care provided to our patients.

Patients must register and submit ID and insurance information online. When you arrive to our office, please stay in your vehicle. You will need to call our office and be pre-screened prior to receiving service. 

will my insurance cover this test?

Insurance coverage varies. Some insurances may cover COVID-19 or antibody testing at 100%, while others may not. To view our accepted insurance, including Medicare and most Medicaid, click here.

We advise you to call your insurance provider directly to verify coverage and costs.

i read online that testing is free? Is this true?

We cannot guarantee that COVID-19 testing is free for anyone. We are not affiliated with any government agencies that allow us to test for free.

Note: Government-run facilities may be able to offer testing at no-charge to patients; however, we do not know where these locations may be. 

Testing Now Available

COVID-19 testing is now available at the following locations from 8am until 8pm daily:

Indiana Locations:

Munster

Schererville

Merrillville

Crown Point

Dyer

Hammond

Crown Point

Cedar Lake

Portage

Illinois Locations:

Blue Island

Bourbonnais

Willowbrook

Mt. Greenwood (Chicago)

Wicker Park 
(Chicago)

West Loop
(Chicago)

Roscoe Village
(Chicago)

River North
(Chicago)

Lakeview
(Chicago)

Skokie

River Forest


Additional Resources:

Indiana Dept. of Health:
1-317-233-1324

Illinois Dept. of Health:
1-800-889-3931

Inside Chicago City Limits:
1-312-744-5000

CDC Emergency Line:
770-488-7100