Culver Pediatrics can save you money on labs….

Sure, there are lots of membership benefits to be part of the Culver Pediatrics family, like seeing the doctor while wearing pajamas and never having to sit through an after-hours answering service phone tree if your child gets sick in the middle of the night. A lesser known benefit is no cost and low-cost labs for practice members.

No-cost labs include what are known as “point of care” tests. These are tests I can collect, perform, and obtain results in-house myself without having to send the specimen to an outside laboratory. All of these tests are resulted out in less than 20 minutes. The cost of these tests is covered by monthly membership fees.  

Our list of No-Cost Labs includes: 

HEMOGLOBIN (finger stick)
GLUCOSE (finger stick)
MONO SPOT (finger stick)
RAPID STREP (throat swab)
COVID-19 IgG/IgM Antibody Test (finger stick) **We offer this for the entire household**
LEAD SCREEN (finger stick)
RAPID FLU (nasal swab)                                                                                                                   GUAIAC (stool smear test for occult blood)  

COMING SOON: Rapid COVID19 Antigen Testing                                                                                In the meantime, we can order this as an outside lab. COVID19 molecular tests are covered by the CARES Act. 

We also offer low cost “send out” labs. These are labs that I can either collect in-house but they have to be processed by an outside laboratory for results (example: urine culture) or the patient has to go to the outside laboratory to get the specimen collected (example: venous blood draws). If you choose not to use your insurance for these labs, or if you have a high deductible plan or no insurance, some of these lab prices are surprisingly affordable. We have partnered with Lab Corp to be able to provide this low-cost service to our patients. They have locations throughout South Bend and Mishawaka.  

For example, let’s say that you think your child may have a UTI. The urinalysis I do in-house will not accrue charges on your Culver Pediatrics account. If the urinalysis in-house shows markers of infection, I send the urine sample to Lab Corp for processing a confirmatory culture. I call you with the results within 72 hours, once the results are in my inbox, and we discuss next steps. The cost of a routine urine culture is $15 if you don’t use your insurance. Instead of billing your insurance, Lab Corp bills me, and I add the charge to your monthly membership invoice. 

Other low-cost send-out labs include: 

Confirmatory Strep Culture $9

T3 and TSH: $18

Complete Blood Count with Differential $7

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel $8

Total and Direct Bilirubin $4

Lipid Panel $8

Aerobic/Anaerobic Bacterial Gram Stain and Culture $50 

I understand many of our families work extra hard to be able to cover our monthly membership fees. I do want to be able to save them as much money as possible as a thank you for trusting me with their most precious resource, their children.

If you are not part of the Culver Pediatrics family yet, visit our website to learn more and to sign up in the email opt-in to receive more information including our price structure. We promise to be respectful of your data and we won’t send you a bunch of junk. If you do join the Culver Pediatrics family, you will also experience the exhilarating freedom of seeing your child’s pediatrician in your pajamas.