Do not take advantage of the epidemic to increase the price of COVID-19 test

The Ministry of Health has just issued Official Letter 1157/BYT-KHTC dated March 10, 2022 on the implementation of the price of SARS-CoV-2 testing services. In particular, it is required that private medical facilities do not take advantage of the epidemic situation to increase the price of COVID-19 testing services.

Do not take advantage of the epidemic to increase the price of COVID-19 test

Do not take advantage of the epidemic to increase the price of COVID-19 test (Artwork)

Specifically, the Ministry of Health recommends that non-public medical facilities are eligible for COVID-19 testing according to regulations: they must not take advantage of the epidemic situation to increase the price of COVID-19 testing services. to decide on price levels, declare prices and list prices in accordance with regulations.

In addition, the Ministry of Health requested units and localities to collect and pay for testing costs for each subject in accordance with the law on prices and guiding documents. In particular, medical facilities note the implementation of economical and effective testing methods:

- In case of sample pool testing :

+ The sample gross price must be applied;

+ It is not allowed to apply the test price according to the sample form or the price of the pooled sample lower (for example, sample 10 but apply the aggregate price of sample 5) to collect and pay to the patient, affecting the patient's interests. .

- Medical facilities are responsible for purchasing supplies, chemicals and biological products for SARS-CoV-2 testing in accordance with the law on bidding;

Ensure adequate supplies, chemicals and biologicals for testing patients when they come for medical examination and treatment.

- Medical facilities are not allowed to collect additional fees from patients or ask patients to pay for their own expenses related to testing (for example, buying rapid tests).

The Ministry of Health also requested the Department of Health of the provinces and centrally-run cities according to their functions and tasks to strengthen inspection and examination.

- If necessary, report to the Provincial People's Committee to direct the inspection and examination of the implementation of the provisions of the law on prices for medical facilities in the area, especially the compliance with regulations. on the price of COVID-19 testing services of private medical facilities;

- Require medical facilities to formulate and decide on prices and declare and publicly announce the prices of COVID-19 testing services in accordance with the law on prices.

- Strictly handle violations, if any, to avoid taking advantage of the epidemic to increase the price of general medical services and COVID-19 testing services of medical facilities in the area.

See more in Official Dispatch 1157/BYT-KHTC dated March 10, 2022.

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