Toets PCR: confusion of norms, war of prices and black market

The number of PCR diagnostic test has multiplied in these days, well because each time there are places that require travelers to travel to their territory, well because the people prefer to go somewhere to visit one of their places.

In addition to this review of the tests, the experts consulted by the AFP lament the war of precedents, which penalizes the most poor and also the lucha against the pandemic.

When Fithrah Auliya Ansar, who had traveled with her husband and married to a woman in the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, had to return to her home in Sumatra, she had changed her clothes and needed a PCR test to get her. The family wants to pay 170 dollars and the woman’s decision to return to the bank has been called “the governing body of the norms”, explained AFP.

The situation is repeated, Independently of the continents. In Rosebank, a barrier accommodated by the victims of Johannesburg, in South Africa, the PCR test, carried out in the parking lot of a laboratory costing 850 rands, is worth more than 50 dollars.

“Who can pay a sum of money in this country?”, Asks Canadian Lauren Gelfand, who wants to try to get to his home in Nairobi.

But this is not absolutely the most important test of the world. Following a study of the April security company, a PCR test can cost one 153 euros (188 dollars) in the United States, 250 euros (307 dollars) in the United Kingdom and up to 347 (426 dollars) in Japan.

“Differences refer to the medical services of the country. In some cases, there is a significant medical practice in the healthcare sector that is extremely careless,” said Isabelle Moins, director general of April International Security.

But without embarrassment, the following tests are practically impossible to travel. In November, the World Tourism Organization (OMT) accounted for 126 countries that tested PCR on international tourists.

In countries such as France, for example, the trial is free, regardless of the circumstances and the motives. But in other places only reembolsan to patients with syndromes or in the best of cases to those he has contacted with a nurse. This implies that the number of travelers must pay the same amount for the test.

It’s what happens in the United Kingdom, where the PCR test is free for the people who live or live in the zones where the restrictions are higher. The rest has to direct to private laboratories. Boots, one of the main cadence of pharmaceuticals, offers a test to 120 books (160 dollars). At the private Harley Street Clinic in London, there is more of a double.

In South Korea, except Seoul and its region, a PCR test has been carried out on several 108 dollars.

In Spain, ciudadanos do not have to pay anything for the test if they have prescribed a medicine. On the other hand, denies a private center and pays between 115 and 180 euros, according to data from the OCU consumer organization. According to an AFP correspondent, the offer includes a 250 euro loan in Andalusia (sur).

In other countries, such as Germany or Italy, prices can range from 59 to 190 euros, depending on how the test takes place.

How much does it really cost?

The price of a PCR test is unquestionable as a robbery. Prescription or without it, in a private center or in a public place … It is difficult to declare in this embroidery of standards and prices.

Laboratories and manufacturers are discreet about their tariffs and the real cost of these tests.

A first study from July 2020 conducted by the organization Epicenter, which supports the epidemiological areas of the NGO Médicos Sin Fronteras (MSF), ‘the cost of a PCR test is between 15 and 25 euros depending on the methods’, without the extraction material like the hyssop, the salaries of the staff that the realization and the protection teams that deben use to practice the test or the cost of the place where they are tested.

French social security has stipulated that the State must pay the laboratories 43.20 euros (53 dollars) for each test.

“The price is due to the health services of each country”, indicates the French group of Eurofins analysis, which carried out 2 million PCR tests per month.

In this context, some people may refuse to pass the test including a black market where summing up a false negative result.

Many people prefer to “do not pass a test due to the lack of economic media”, dice Ayman Sabae, collected on health issues in the Egyptian NGO Initiative for personal rights. In this country, there are 2,000 books, 127 dollars, according to a test, that is, the monthly salary of a local employee.

Fake test

In Mozambique, the authorities will detect in October a negative test negative test in a frontier zone with South Africa. Most of the trials in Mozambique are carried out in private clinics and their costs are equal to the minimum wage.

In Gabon, a negative test is required to pass a province in public transport, a young student from Libreville who has taken the bus to see his family says, if he wants to reveal his identity, which pays 18 dollars to obtain a false certificate. “It’s fast, scans the cell of a laboratory and gives me a false result that actually appears a valid document. The person who revises the certificates does not have the time or the media to verify”, explains.

For her, in many places, the actual figures of contagios do not reflect in absolute reality.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that the PCR test requires resources and a significant infrastructure, conditions that do not exist in many parts of the world. The institution has put in place a mechanism called the ACT-Accelerator to provide landscaping in over 500 million test runs in 2021.