Dr. Priddy said he found a small local lab to work with and now his patients — who pay between $150 and $600 a month in membership fees — get coronavirus test results in around two days. He declined to name the lab, so that others did not flock there.
“I’m just being selfish for my patients,” he said.
Under the elevated train tracks of the D train in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Lenco Diagnostic Laboratories processes results for hospitals and doctors’ offices, as well as for boutique medical practices like one called Sollis.
At Sollis, for an annual individual membership fee of up to $5,000, patients can be seen in the equivalent of a private emergency room, or get chest X-rays at home.
Demand for testing at Sollis has been driven in part by members traveling back from at-risk places or to countries that require testing, particularly in the Caribbean, said Andrew Olanow, a co-founder of Sollis. The company has about 4,000 members in the New York area and in recent weeks opened an office on the West Coast.
“Twenty-four to 48 hours, that’s our turnaround time,” he said.
Samira Shamoon said she received quick results through Sollis, which she joined at the height of the outbreak in New York in March as she rushed to move from her Upper East Side co-op to a family home in Bridgehampton.
“I needed the results by 2 p.m. the next day,” said Ms. Shamoon, who runs a health and beauty communications firm, recalling her panic one evening when her temperature hit 99.5 the day before an important client dinner. She got her negative result at 11:55 a.m.
She said other people she knew in the Hamptons had done the same, including a woman who told her she had been tested for coronavirus eight times.