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Greek gov’t puts price cap on PCR and Rapid tests

The Greek government has imposed a cap on the prices of diagnostic tests PCR and Rapid charged by private laboratories and clinics to detect the coronavirus. The new prices go into effect from upcoming Monday, September 13, 2021, the day the schools open again and increased number of tests is required by unvaccinated students and teaching personnel and the directives for closed entertainment spaces including dining.

The cap does not apply if the sample is taken outside the laboratory or clinic.

A decision signed by Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis stipulates the maximum sale price for related goods and services, not including VAT, for:
1. a) PCR molecular Test, including used consumables: 40 euros plus
b) Charge for sample collection in private clinics, laboratories: 20 euros

2. Rapid antigen test including sample collection: 10 euros

The above maximum prices in the case of 1 b) and 2 do not apply in the case where sample is taken outside the premises of a private diagnostic laboratory or private clinic, in which case the price is decided freely.

The businesses offering the above services must post their price list so that this is clearly visible to the public, including on their websites, where they also clearly refer to the above maximum prices.

If businesses do not comply, they face an administrative fine of 5,000 euros for charging excessive prices and 1,000 euros for failing to post their price lists.

Note that following a previous price cap set by the government, the current cost for PCR is €60 and for Rapid test €20 including VAT.

PS No idea what it means: “outside the premises of a private diagnostic laboratory or private clinic, in which case the price is decided freely.” Do they mean the ISO BOX outside the premises or having a test at the beach or something….?

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2 comments

  1. If I read the article correctly, at present if you go to a medical centre for a PCR test they charge you a total of €60. After the changes the medical centre will charge you €40 for the test plus €20 for collecting the sample. I am grateful to the government for this huge saving.

    • LOL, that’s what I was thinking, but you must say, the govt is great at telling us that these overcharging scumbags are giving it to us cheaper because of them, now they are doing two things for the price of one.