PRC issues guidelines on how to avail of COVID-19 testing services

THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has issued guidelines on how to avail of the COVID-19 testing services on their molecular testing laboratory in Mandaluyong City.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said the test costs for  individual walk –ins and companies or agencies who want their employees tested for COVID-19 will have to pay P4,000 and 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,” Gordon said.

The PRC chairman also reminded PhilHealth members that in order to reimburse their payment from the health insurer, they have to submit the necessary documents to the PhilHealth first before they get tested.

“Once you paid for your test, you won’t be able to reimburse it from PhilHealth,” he added.

Acceptable modes of payment are thru Paymaya, G-Cash or direct deposits or fund transfer. 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 e-mail. The e-mailed schedule should be shown at the checkpoints to ensure passage.

Gordon said test results will be sent by e-mail once the test had been validated by a medical technician.

The PRC acquired reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machines, which are capable of processing 1,500 tests each per day.

The PCR-based test kits usually take 24 to 72 hours to process results from the nose and throat swab samples from a patient.