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COVID-19 PCR testing:
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Get the reassurance you need with a PCR test

Medcan has teamed up with Switch Health, a leader in COVID-19 testing, to provide fast, safe and reliable testing—including same- or next-day results.*

Whether you’ve been advised to get tested by your employer, have an upcoming surgery, are planning to travel, or want to visit a loved one at a nursing home, if you’re asymptomatic, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing can identify if you currently have the COVID-19 virus.

What is a PCR test

A PCR test is a molecular test that uses a nasal swab to determine if you’re currently infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Who is eligible to take the test?

If in the last 14 days you have had no COVID-19 symptoms, zero close contact with someone who has, and haven’t travelled outside of the country, we welcome you to book a PCR test on-site at Medcan or in-home. If you’re experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, please visit a COVID-19 assessment centre.

How much does it cost?

Medcan members enjoy a preferred price of $162 +HST (standard price: $180 +HST) if taken on-site at Medcan and $250 +HST (standard price: $278 +HST) if taken at home**.

What can be expected?

  • Wearing a face mask that covers both your nose and mouth, you’ll be asked to enter the designated testing room and sanitize your hands.
  • A Switch Health nurse will ask you to identify yourself and will confirm your name, date of birth, etc. You’ll also be asked additional health screening questions about your travel history, confirmed case contacts, symptoms and health status.
  • Before getting started, the nurse will explain the collection procedure and answer any questions you may have.
  • Right before your test, you’ll be asked to lower your face mask to expose your nose.
  • The nurse will insert the swab into your nostril until it reaches the required depth. It will be rotated to ensure adequate sample coverage and repeated in both nostrils.
  • Once complete, you’ll be asked to raise your face mask to cover your nose and mouth once again.

When will I receive my results?

A trusted laboratory partner will run the swab on a standard PCR testing machine that’s approved by Health Canada, then upload your results to the Switch Health Patient Portal. To register your account prior to testing, click here.

When your test results are available, you’ll be notified via text message. If your test results are positive, you’ll receive a phone call from a Switch Health physician who will notify your local Public Health Unit on your behalf.

How does PCR testing benefit travellers?

If you require PCR testing to travel outside of Canada, we’ll help you meet your destination country’s COVID-19 travel clearance requirements—with a wet signature from one of Switch Health’s physicians, a copy of your test results with your passport number (optional), and/or the option of a nasopharyngeal or bilateral anterior nasal collection method.

Can I take a PCR test at a COVID-19 assessment centre if I’m not experiencing any symptoms?

PCR testing is currently available at provincial COVID-19 assessment centres for individuals who meet certain conditions as outlined by the Province, including those who wish to visit long-term care homes. Since these conditions may change, we suggest you refer to the Government of Ontario website for more information.