By Jel Santos
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests being conducted by Philippine Red Cross (PRC) costs P4,000 for individual walk-ins and companies or agencies, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
According to Gordon, there will be an additional fee of P500 if a certification will be issued.
“All you have to do is call our COVID-19 hotline 1158 to have your test scheduled and to fill up the case investigation form. You will also be given information on how to pay and other details. I must remind everyone that the forms must be filled up properly with correct details to facilitate the release of your results,” he said in a statement.
As such, Gordon reminded PhilHealth members that in order to reimburse their payment from the health insurer, they would have to submit the necessary documents to PhilHealth first before they get tested. “Once you paid for your test, you won’t be able to reimburse it from PhilHealth,” the PRC chairman explained.
PRC said the acceptable modes of payment are through Paymaya, G-Cash or direct deposits or fund transfer.Meantime, the humanitarian organization said cash payments would have to be made at least two days before the scheduled test.
“Once payment has been made and validated, the PRC’s Treasury will issue an official receipt and the test schedule will be sent thru email. The e-mailed schedule should be shown at the checkpoints to ensure passage,” it noted.
The test results, he said, will be sent by email once the test had been validated by a medical technician.