The Competition Commission have announced that the cost of PCR COVID-19 tests in the private sector has been reduced. The price has now gone down from R850 to R500 starting from Sunday.

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The Commission made the announcement on Sunday, stating that an agreement with major laboratories has been reached.


This follows a complaint lodged in October about the prices with the Council for Medical Schemes against private pathology laboratories alleging that the price for supplying PCR tests for COVID-19 was unfairly inflated.

The commission said there were laboratories that were still charging more than R1000. However, they will soon follow suit.

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