Gov’t Announces Highest Tariff for PCR Test
Ministry of Health has issued Circular Letter number HK. 02.02/I/3713/2020 on Limit on the Highest Rate of Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Test.
The circular states that the highest tariff for RT-PCR test (widely known as swab test) is Rp900,000.
The tariff limit applies to people who conduct the test at their own request.
The circular also states that the decision to set the highest tariff for RT-PCR test was carried out by taking into account service components, medical kits and reagents components, administrative cost components, and others.
“The Government has decided the tariff limit following comprehensive discussion between Ministry of Health and the Financial and Development Supervisory Agency (BPKP) by following the results of surveys and analysis at various health service facilities,” Acting Director General of Health Services Prof. dr. Abdul Kadir said.
Abdul also pointed out that the tariff limit does not apply to contact tracing activities or referral from COVID-19 patients to hospitals who received RT-PCR test assistance from the Government or are part of the financing guarantee for COVID-19 patients.
Kadir added that the BPKP and Ministry of Health will conduct periodic evaluations in price changes in several components.
“We urge all provincial, regency and city governments to supervise health service facilities at their respective regions in this matter,” said Kadir. (Communication and Public Service Bureau of Ministry of Health / UN)
Translated by: Estu Widyamurti
Reviewed by: M. Ersan Pamungkas