Jakarta (ANTARA) – The market price of the kit of components for the rapid polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test is expected to become cheaper, the government’s Development Finance Controller (BPKP) said.
“The results of our RT-PCR test cost calculations include audit results, electronic catalogs and market prices,” said Iwan Taufiq Purwanto, deputy director of policy, law, security, development. human resources and culture at BPKP, during a press conference. press conference here Wednesday.
According to the results, there is potential to make PCR test components cheaper, he added.
He said the government, through the Ministry of Health and BPKP, had set the maximum price for the RT-PCR test at Rp 275,000 for the islands of Java and Bali and Rp 300,000 for the areas outside of Java and Bali.
The BPKP’s decision followed instructions from Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Minister Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, and the letter from the Director General of Health Services (No.SR.04.03 / III / 3820 / 2021) regarding the request for an assessment of COVID-19 laboratory test rates.
âOn this basis, we are re-evaluating the current price of the PCR test,â he said.
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Compared to BPKP’s previous calculations, there has been a drop in the prices of components affected by consumables such as personal protective equipment, PCR and RNA reagents as well as overhead, he explained.
“The cost estimate has been submitted to the Ministry of Health as an additional policy consideration,” Purwanto informed.
The Ministry of Health, through the Director General of Health Services, had asked BPKP to carry out the price evaluation of RT-PCR, he added.
President Joko Widodo demanded that the price of PCR tests be lowered to Rp300,000 and that the validity of the tests be increased to 3×24 hours after the publication of the new government regulations on travel during the PPKM period (restrictions on public activity ).
According to the Director General of Health Services of the Ministry of Health, Professor Abdul Kadir, the ministry will increase the availability of RT-PCR laboratory facilities in various regions to support the monitoring of COVID-19 cases.
âThe government has prepared a thousand units of PCR labs for the regions,â Kadir said. (
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