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MamaBear11
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My LLMD has ordered a CD57 test through LabCorp. Problem is, my health insurance only covers tests done at Quest.

I have read in certain places that Quest doesn't even perform the test, which may give me ammunition to try to convince my insurance co. to cover it through LabCorp.

Does anyone know if that is still accurate and LabCorp is the only lab who does the CD 57 tests, or is it now just a matter of LabCorp being the only lab that provides reliable results?

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Untreated Lyme for 25+ years.
Two kids, too much pain & fatigue, no hope of ever being able to treat.

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Lymetoo
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LabCorp's test is the best out there. I agree that I don't think Quest even does the same test. They are really lame when it comes to anything but mundane testing. (like CBC's... they can probably handle that!!)

Did you find out how much the CD57 costs thru LabCorp??

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MamaBear11
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Thanks for the reply. I haven't found out yet how much it costs through LabCorp, but it wouldn't matter anyway, since I have no money to pay for it. So one way or another, I will have to find a way to convince my health insurance company to cover it if I want to have the test done.

The good news is, I think, that this test does not seem to be the definitive word in diagnosing Lyme disease. At least according to older threads from Lymenet that I have read tonight. So if I can't find a way to pay for it, it shouldn't be the end of the world.

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quote:
Originally posted by MamaBear11:


The good news is, I think, that this test does not seem to be the definitive word in diagnosing Lyme disease. At least according to older threads from Lymenet that I have read tonight. So if I can't find a way to pay for it, it shouldn't be the end of the world.

You are absolutely correct! No worries at all on this one!

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sk8ter
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Labcorp has a patient assist program that is a discount program...Call them and ask how much that test is on their discount program.
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MichaelTampa
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It is about $150-$200 from LabCorp before any insurance payments. Absolutely correct that Quest does not have it. I do think there is one other lab that does it, I read that somewhere, but it was not Quest.
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BackinStOlaf
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I am pretty sure that labcorp is the best for that test

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First Symptom 9/09
Multiple docs, negative Labcorp test
LLMD: 1/10
Positive Igenex/CDC test
Treatment 2/10
2/10-8/10 Amox, ceftin, zith, flagyl
Currently: Bicillin, Minocycline, still dealing with severe breathing issues

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It's weird - my insurance only covers Labcorp, but not Quest... and since we were new to the policy, I had a bunch of stuff done at Quest (waiting for that fun bill to come in).

I have also heard that Quest doesn't do CD57 - and my doc does them at Labcorp.

misty

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minerva
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i had this done and my doc didn't use lab corp and we got a breakdown with to many numbers and my doc didn't really know how to read it, so not only did i pay my 20% it took forever and i am no futher ahaead.

just a heads up. labcorp is the one you want.

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ktkdommer
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My doctor said I needed to have CD-57's done at LabCorp. Insurance doesn't cover it because it is too new and is considered experimental. If I self paid right up front it was $153. If I would have tried to bill it through insurance and they didn't cover it, the cost to me then would be over $200. Lucky me, I got to pay for 3 of the tests in different months.
My youngest was 48, I'm 80 and my oldest is 100. The doctor wants us to be 150 before discontinuing treatment.

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Things are never dull. After 3 fighting Lyme, 2 are in remission. Youngest is still sick, age 22. He has new diagnosed Chiari Malformation and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

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