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By Nancy Carvajal

The Department of Health is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to set a cap on RT-PCR tests, the so called “gold standard” for detecting COVID-19, amid reports that some clinics are offerin overpriced services.

Politiko’s source said the DOH sent Duterte two letter dated August 13 and 20 calling for a cap to be imposed on RT-PCR tests.

The price for RT-PCR tests in public medical facilities range frol P3,500 to P5,000 while those offered by private facilities can reach P12,000.

The steep price for RT-PCR tests is a burden for airline passengers and locally stranded individuals (LSI), who complain of “double swabbing,” or being asked to undergo the test at the point of departure and arrival.

Departing passengers for abroad, also complain that airlines recognize only health certificates issued by their accredited testing laboratories.

“The airlines have their own list of accredited testing centers, and most of them charges higher,’’ a returning passenger to the United States told Poliitko.

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