FAQ

LOCATIONS ACROSS BC

Who will administer the test?

Your test will be taken by a Medical Doctor, a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse under the supervision of a Medical Doctor.

How long does it take to get results?

Due to overwhelming demand, Lifelabs cannot guarantee a turnaround time for test results We are not responsible for delays in test results. There is no ‘rush’ option unfortunately. The lab will process tests as they receive them.

Which test is used for COVID-19?

We use a nasal swab for each nostril. This is the highly accurate PCR NAAT test which is the gold standard for COVID-19 testing.

Is the bi-nasal COVID-19 test painful?

No. The bi-nasal method is painless and recommended for screening purposes. We swab the front of the nose, not deep at the back, which can be painful.

How much does the test cost?

· COVID-19 PCR Nasal:
Lower Mainland
(including YVR) $250 +GST
Interior/Island$300 +GST(due to courier costs)
· Signed requisition for Antibody Test $50 plus 5% GST (YVR only)
*Ask us about our price-matching policy.

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Is the test Health Canada approved?

Yes, this test has been approved by Health Canada.

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Is this test covered by my Provincial MSP?

No. Screening tests for work or travel are not covered by public health services. Some extended medical plans may cover the cost if you submit the receipt.

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How will I get my results?

If you have a negative test we will email you a certificate with your details and the date and time of your negative test result.

If you have a positive test, we will call you and discuss what happens next.

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