Senator Bong Go on Friday issued a stern reminder to all hospitals, testing laboratories and other healthcare providers to comply with the price range for Covid-19 tests and test kits identified by government authorities led by the Department of Health and Department of Trade and Industry.
“Dapat silang sumunod at parusahan ang dapat paparusahan diyan kapag hindi sila sumunod. Uulitin ko, hindi ito ‘yung panahon ng pananamantala sa ating mga kababayan,” he said.
“Naghihirap ang ating mga kababayan. Tumulong kayo, ‘yun na ang magiging kontribusyon ninyo. Huwag ninyo pong gawing negosyo ang kalusugan ng bawat Pilipino,” Go said during an interview in Caloocan City on Friday, November 6.
On November 4, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order 118 which directed the DOH and DTI to determine, formulate and implement a just and equitable price range for Covid-19 tests and test kits.
They were also ordered to monitor and review the prices and market supply of Covid-19 tests as well as to issue appropriate price control measures and adjustments if necessary.
Go warned unscrupulous business entities against taking advantage of the pandemic in order to jack up the prices of testing services.
“Alam ninyo na importante ‘yung Covid-19 testing. Eh pinagsasamantalahan ninyo pa ang sitwasyon ng ating mga kababayan. Naghahanap na nga ng libre ang ating mga kababayan. Kaya nga may [Philippine Health Insurance Corporation] tayo para magbayad sa mga Covid-19 testing,” he said.
“Tapos ngayon, taking advantage of the situation naman kayo dahil sa pangangailangan ng mga kababayan natin. Hindi po puwede ‘yon! Pananagutin namin kayo,” he said.