Covid antigen testing prices in South Africa cut after investigation

South Africa’s large three pathology teams, Pathcare, Lancet and Ampath, are anticipated to decrease the worth of Covid-19 Rapid Antigen assessments to not more than R150 per check.

This after a Competition Commission investigation discovered that the three teams could have contravened the Competition Act, which prohibits dominant firms from charging extreme prices to the detriment of customers.

The fee’s investigation was triggered by a grievance from the National Health Department, which alleged {that a} check package purchased by means of UNICEF prices solely R50 – implying that the three firms could have been overpricing.

The firms have been charging at the very least R350, with prices dropping to R250 throughout November.

Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele mentioned the transfer is an additional victory for customers if taken in the context of final week’s announcement that Covid-19 PCR assessments will now price not more than R500.

“This is yet one more main victory for South Africans, notably the susceptible teams throughout the time of a devastating and resilient pandemic.

“The reduction of Covid-19 Rapid Antigen test prices will help alleviate the plight of consumers, and widen accessibility and affordability of Covid-19 Rapid Antigen testing, which is a critical part of the initiatives to avoid the escalation of the pandemic,” he mentioned.

Rapid Antigen Tests give faster Covid-19 outcomes than Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assessments.

Bonakele mentioned the fee can be investigating the price of Rapid Antigen Testing at retail pharmacy chain Dis-Chem.

“The Commission will continue with its investigation on supply and delivery of Covid-19 Rapid Antigen tests. We will not hesitate to apply for maximum administrative penalties against companies found guilty of exploiting consumers and customers,” he mentioned

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