State will no longer pay for most Covid tests in 2023

As of January 1, 2023, the State will only pay for Covid-19 tests to hospital patients and pregnant women with signs of Covid-19, the Ministry of Health said on December 28.

The Ministry said that with changes in the strategies of approaching the virus and the availability of vaccines, strict epidemiological control measures and mass testing are no longer relevant, except in medical establishments.

In future, state-paid Covid-19 tests will only be performed for patients who need hospital treatment to reduce the risks of infection in medical establishments where people with compromised immunity, patients with chronic diseases, and other risk groups are concentrated.

Outpatient testing will be paid for by the state for pregnant women with signs of Covid-19, if it is deemed necessary.

In-patient professional SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing will be possible for each patient to enter the hospital according to the procedures specified by the authority. On the other hand, RNA tests will be carried out in cases where the antigen test has shown a negative result and the patient has symptoms of acute respiratory disease or other signs associated with Covid.

Meanwhile, Children's Hospital reported that as of January 2, upon entering the hospital's inpatient departments, the patient and the accompanying person will have to present a negative RNS Covid-19 test.  The State budget will pay for tests made in connection with an operation, manipulation or hospitalization.

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