How Much Should Rapid Antigen Self-Test Kits Cost?

According to the DOH.
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To avoid overpricing, the Department of Health has set a price limit on rapid antigen testing, including self-test kits that will take effect on Feb. 20.

Rapid self-test antigen kits will be priced at a maximum of P350 based on a Jan. 28 circular of the DOH that was made public to the media on Tuesday.

The DOH said the price cap was "in anticipation" of the use of self-test kits. The Food and Drug Administration last month said it has authorized the sale of two brands of self-test antigen kits, namely Abbott's Panbio and Labnovation Technologies' SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kit.

For the COVID-19 antigen testing service, the DOH has set a price cap of P660, inclusive of the P350 limit for a test kit, P250 for operational cost, and P60 as a 10% allowable mark-up.

The DOH however clarified that donated and government-subsidized antigen test kits should be provided for free to the public at licensed health facilities.

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“Only items directly procured by DOH-licensed health facilities and clinical laboratories and not provided by DOH can be charged,” the department said in its circular.

“Moreover, DOH licensed health facilities and clinical laboratories may have prices lower than the prescribed price cap for antigen rapid diagnostic testing, provided that quality of services is maintained,” it added.

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