COVID-19 in SA | Push to make tests more accessible

The Council for Medical Schemes says while it's happy with the cost reductions for COVID-19 tests, it will continue to push for prices to be slashed. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The Council for Medical Schemes says while it's happy with the cost reductions for COVID-19 tests, it will continue to push for prices to be slashed.

The council says PCR tests should be more affordable to the public.

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The cost of COVID-19 tests in the private sector has been reduced from R850 to R500.  

This follows a complaint lodged in October about the exorbitant price.

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"It remains to be seen whether R500 is a good price," said the council's John Letsoalo.

"I think there are going to be a lot of engagements to the pricing, costing, input costs in relation to the PCR test, so I think as the council we'll be engaging relevant stakeholders, the private laboratories, department and funders from our side to determine whether the R500 is a justifiable amount to be paid."

The Competition Commission alleged the pricing was unfairly inflated, exorbitant and unjustifiable.

Source
eNCA

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