Testing, testing, testing.
The countries worst hit by the coronavirus say that testing is what is required of individual governments, otherwise the pandemic is only going to become worse. But how much does testing cost? Here we give you details of some nations:
That is not ideal, considering the government hospitals are always crowded with hundreds of patients. Additionally, they are currently very strict about testing only those who have a travel history or those who were in close contact with someone who does.
The tests for coronavirus in the US are free but the additional costs add up to a lot but with rising number of cases, the Trump government is expected to work towards it.
The tests conducted by the NHS (national health service) are free of cost, the private labs can cost as much as £375, which amounts to ₹33,557.
Not only is the testing free in China, any other charge related to COVID-19 that might occur during the treatment and can't be covered by the person's insurance, will be on the government.
One of the nations which have effectively controlled coronavirus, Vietnam provides free testing to everyone and in case the tests turn out to be negative, the cost is covered by the government.
The testing in South Korea is free and is even performed at drive-through centers where you just have to go with your car and get tested for the virus. You get the result next day through a text.
A country with one of the best medical facilities in the world, Italy tests people for free and tests vigorously.
All of Italy has been in full lockdown for two weeks now. We have so many cases because we are actually testing people, even the ones that do not have symptoms, and for free! And now the WHO has elected us as an example on how to fight the virus.— san love bot 🏳️🌈🥂 (@sidaereus) March 19, 2020