Coronavirus tests are hard to come by, but like all rare things in high demand, rich and famous people are first in line. Actually, there is no line for VIPs – nurses in protective gear come to them to swab their privileged snouts.
From Herald-Mail Media:
In Beverly Hills, Dr. David Nazarian, a primary care physician, said he's been receiving an influx of calls since the coronavirus outbreak hit the U.S.
But because he has a concierge medical practice — meaning he limits his clientele to "influential people, A-list celebrities, and CEOs" in exchange for more personalized care — he has been granting tests only to his existing clients.
Nazarian's yearly membership fee starts at $5,500 and can go up to $10,000.
About a month ago, when COVID-19 cases were still primarily occurring overseas, Nazarian began looking into obtaining extra nasopharyngeal swabs and viral transport mediums — the materials needed to test for the coronavirus. As a result, he had about 50 available for his patients, which were administered during house calls by nurses wearing protective gear.