Gov’t sets price cap for RT-PCR COVID-19 test

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020. Filed under: News

MANILA, Nov 25 (Mabuhay) — RT-PCR (nasal swab) test for COVID-19 virus should be priced from P3,800 to P5,000 at the maximum, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced on Wednesday.

Duque said the price cap, provided under the Joint Administrative Order of the health and trade departments, sets the price cap of RT-PCR test at P3,800 for public facilities and P4,500 to P5,000 for private hospitals and laboratories.

Duque said violations of the price cap will mean suspension of license to operate for first and second offenses, while a third offense would mean revocation of license.

“Ito ang nabuo from market study. Meron itong batayan at hindi binunot lang from thin air,” Duque said.

“Ginawa nating price range kasi maraming variables. This gives laboratories leeway to consider variables,” he added.

RT-PCR, or real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, test is considered as the gold standard for testing possible  COVID-19 infection.

The price cap for RT-PCR test was set almost eight months since the community transmission of COVID-19 was recorded in the country last March. (MNS)

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