Health facility ordered to explain pricey COVID-19 tests

The Department of Health said it is looking into a health facility’s violation of the set price range for COVID-19 swab tests.

When asked during a virtual briefing about the implementation of the price range for RT-PCR tests, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said, “(We saw one facility that was non-compliant. We sent them a letter for them to explain.)”

Vergeire explained that is part of their existing monitoring process under the Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau. She did not say if the facility is a laboratory or a hospital.

Under the joint administrative order of the DOH and the Department of Trade and Industry, a facility that violates the prescribed price range of 4,500 to 5,000 pesos for the tests may face suspension and fines.

For a first offense it’s a 15-day suspension and a fine of 20,000 pesos. For a second offense, it’s a 30-day suspension and fine of 30,000 pesos. For the third offense, their license to operate will be revoked.

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