WHO highlighted the importance of testing to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Social distancing will reduce the spread but to eliminate the virus, aggressive test, isolation of suspects, and treatment of the infected is more crucial. So, government across the globe are increasing their capacity to test. So, let’s see how much the test is costing in different countries.
Testing in state-sponsored hospitals is completely free but some private labs are charging Rs 4500 for the test.
But government labs are strictly testing only those who have travel history to the affected country or those who came in contact plus long ques at govt. the facility increases the risk of transmission.
In the United States test is also free, but the additional cost related to its treatment can go as high as $30k. the federal government is expected to do something about it.
NHS with its best in the world healthcare system tag is testing suspects for free. Private facilities in the UK can cost as much as 375 Pounds (33,000 in Indian Rupees).
Not only the testing is free in China, but any cost related to COVID-19 including treatment or cost not covered by personal insurance is also borne by the government.
The Pakistan Government through its designated hospitals is providing free test facility meanwhile some private labs are trying to develop kits which should cost somewhere Rs 300-500.
One of the nations which have effectively controlled coronavirus, Vietnam is providing free testing to everyone and in case the tests turn out to be negative, the cost is covered by the government.
COVID 19 testing is free in South Korea and is even performed at drive-through centers where you just have to go in your car and get tested for the virus. The result is sent through text.
A country with one of the best medical facilities in the world, Italy tests people for free and tests vigorously.
Vigorous testing is the need of the hour and the governments need to realize that it’s the only real chance we have at controlling the virus.