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It's still R850 for a Covid test: A fair price to pay, or 'price-gouging'?

12 October 2021 10:57 AM
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Competition Comission
Covid tests
Covid test cost

Lester Kiewit speaks to attorney John Goetsch about the cost of private Covid-19 PCR tests.

- While, public sector testing is free of charge, some prefer the efficiency and convenience of private testing

- Private laboratories such as Lancet, Ampath and Pathcare charge R850 for a PCR test, which is not affordable for many South Africans


Image: © Thanakorn Hormniam/123rf.com

How is the average South African expected to pay R850 for a private Covid-19 test, asked Jason in Somerset West on The Morning Review on Monday?

Who can afford to leave this country with that kind of price for a Covid test, he asked?

It probably cost them less than R50 to run the test.

Jason, Caller - Somerset West

While public sector testing is is free of charge, many prefer the convenience and efficiency of using private laboratories such as Lancet, Ampath and Pathcare.

But at R850 for a PCR test, it's not an affordable option for all South Africans.

Last year, the Council for Medical Schemes directed medical aids to include Covid-19 testing as a Prescribed Minimum Benefit in their plans.

RELATED:Medical aids must now pay for Covid-19 tests under new regulations

The Competition Commission is supposed to look out for price gouging, says Kiewit.

Is it fair, that almost two years into the Covid pandemic, the cost of testing is still relatively high?

Kiewit posed the question to John Goetsch, candidate attorney at Ward Brink Attorneys.

The question one has to ask is why the Competition Commission hasn't looked at this yet.

John Goetsch, Candidate attorney - Ward Brink Attorneys

The price for a PCR test has been fluctuating for year or so, under R1000, above R1000...and it seems to have plateaued at R850.

John Goetsch, Candidate attorney - Ward Brink Attorneys

Goetsch says his research suggests the cost price of a PCR test is approximately R400.

So the question is, why is it charged at R850?

cJohn Goetsch, Candidate attorney - Ward Brink Attorneys

I wouldn't be surprised if they were already looking into these sorts of questions.

John Goetsch, Candidate attorney - Ward Brink Attorneys

RELATED:Faster, cheaper Covid-19 testing kit launched in SA




12 October 2021 10:57 AM
Tags:
Competition Comission
Covid tests
Covid test cost

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