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The government set a lower price ceiling for rapid antigen test kits, a Department of Health (DOH) circular confirmed on Tuesday, February 8.
According to circular 2021-0323-B, dated January 28, the price cap for antigen rapid diagnostic testing service is lowered to P660 from P960. The price is inclusive of an antigen rapid test kit priced at P350, operational cost of P250, and a 10% allowable mark-up at P60.
The price for self-administered antigen rapid diagnostic test kits, meanwhile, is capped at P350.
“Antigen rapid diagnostic test kits subsidized or donated by the DOH and other government agencies to DOH licensed public and private health facilities and clinical laboratories shall be provided at zero cost to individuals,” the agency noted.
It added that only items purchased directly by DOH-licensed facilities can be charged.
“Moreover, DOH licensed health facilities and clinical laboratories may have prices lower than the prescribed cap for antigen rapid diagnostic testing, provided that the quality of services is maintained,” DOH noted.
The new price limit for the antigen test kits and services will take effect on February 20, the circular said.