When do I have to pay for a lab test?
Wellington SCL’s 3DHB laboratory contract specifies which tests are funded and who can order them. Please refer to the below list of laboratory tests for details of the funding categorisation.
Some general patient tests may have fees
The tests below will have fees if your GP orders them. They will be free if your specialist orders them or if your GP’s request has already been approved by a registered medical specialist. Payment is required at the time of sample collection.
An administration fee of $14.00 will be charged for each visit.
Where your test is referred to another testing laboratory additional charges relating to packaging and courier fees will also apply.
|Serum Free Light Chains||$141.50|
|Red cell Magnesium||$41.50|
|6 Thioguanine nucleotides/6MMP||$222.87|
Charges for Other Tests
Testing is not paid for by the district health boards in the following situations:
- pre-employment or training placement; e.g. nursing and medical students
- employment related (workplace health testing), or for an overseas posting or deployment
- immigration or visa medicals
- insurance medicals or any other medicals such as a pilot’s medical
- a research study or drug trial or similar
- people who are visiting New Zealand and/or are not New Zealand residents and who are not elligible for public funding
- patients of non-medical practitioners such as dentists, naturopaths
- self-ordered by patients.
These lists will be updated as funding rules change.
Here are prices of tests commonly requested in the situations described above. Payment is required at the time of sample collection. An administration fee of $14.00 will be charged for each visit.
|Hepatitis A Immunity||$24.00|
|Hepatitis B Immunity||$24.00|
|Hepatitis B Diagnosis||$24.00|
|Hepatitis B Viral Load||$314.50|
|Hepatitis C Antibody||$26.50|
|ABO/RH Blood Group||$22.50|
If a test you require is not shown above, or if you are uncertain about any charges, please contact our Accounts Department on (03) 474 8341 for more information.
Laboratory tests for an Immigration medical
Laboratory tests ordered as part of the medical assessment for immigration purposes may vary. Your doctor will decide which tests are required. Prices are shown below.
Administration fees which includes (standard and immigration fee charages) will be charged for each visit.
Standard immigration tests include:
- Full Blood Count
- Serum Creatinine
- Syphilis Screening
- Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
- Hepatitis C Antibody
These tests will incur a charge of $164.00 plus an administration fee of $24.50.
You may be required to perform additional testing.
|Faeces Culture (1 Sample)||$115.00|
|Liver Function Tests||$51.00|
|Lipids (preferably fasting)||$38.50|
|Glucose (preferably fasting)||$11.00|
For more information about our commercial services and pricing for workplace testing, testing for research programmes, or health and wellbeing testing, refer to our commercial testing page.
How can I pay?
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