MANILA, Philippines – Cheaper saliva and swab tests are now available from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) from Saturday, September 4, 2021, said Senator Richard Gordon, also president of the PRC.
The PRC has reduced the amounts charged for its RT-PCR tests from P 3,800 to P 2,800 (swab test) and P 2,000 to P 1,500 (saliva test).
“The government will save five million pesos per day once we reduce the prices of RT-PCR tests,” Gordon said in a statement.
The national government, through the state insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), is covering the costs of COVID-19 testing for local government units, Filipino migrant workers, and healthcare workers.
The PRC suspended its COVID-19 testing for the government last year after Philhealth racked up 930 million pesos from previous unpaid tests.
Testing has since resumed.
According to the PRC, it still leads in terms of COVID-19 testing after performing 4,074,794 swab and saliva tests, which is about 25% of all tests conducted in the country.
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