As of June 11, 24 medical facilities are allowed to carry out Covid-19 tests by real-time RT-PCR method, while the test demand is high.
Explaining the price difference, the consultant of a private hospital said that Covid-19 testing is classified as a service, so the hospitals have the right to decide the price. Worse, the insurance agency does not pay for insured patients’ Covid-19 test but supports it partially.
According to the regulations of the Ministry of Health, the price for a quick test is VND238,000 a sample, while real-time RT-PCR costs VND734,000 a sample. However, the cost of real-time RT-PCR depends on the method of testing the single sample or the pooled sample.
Recently, Deputy General Director of Vietnam Social Insurance Pham Luong Son issued guidance on the Covid-19 test payment under the health insurance regime.
At this time, it is urgent to carry out the Covid-19 test while admitting patients amid the development of the coronavirus pandemic; however, the cost of the Covid-19 test must be transparent and low so that patients from low-income families can afford it.