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Indonesia sets COVID-19 swab test price ceiling at Rp 900,000 ( RM 257.00)

The Indonesian government has set the price ceiling for individually requested COVID-19 swab tests at Rp 900,000 (US$60.6) to eliminate price disparities following concerns over the high costs of tests at private laboratories.

The price ceiling was determined after a discussion with the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) on analysis and surveys of health care facilities, the Health Ministry’s public health director general, Abdul Kadir, said.

“Our problem are the price disparities; the prices are not uniform.” Kadir was quoted as saying in a statement published Friday.

“It is for this reason that the caps have been set for the cost of independent swab and RT-PCR [reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction] tests.” The prices will be enforced through a Health Minister circular expected to be issued soon, he added.

Source : Jakarta Post

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