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Coronavirus – Authorities Crack down on Unscrupulous Covid-19 Testers

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.10.30.

About one-fourth of coronavirus testing companies were found to have violated pricing rules in a targeted probe conducted across the country in October, Innovation and Technology Ministry state secretary Tamás Schanda said on Friday.

Schanda said 20 of the 81 companies reviewed in the probe so far did not apply the regulated 19,500 forint (EUR 53) price for a PCR test or indicated the price in an ambiguous manner.

Consumer protection procedures were launched against 14 of the companies. A number of them cooperated, correcting and compensating for their non-compliant behaviour, while three were fined for failing to take corrective measures.

Capped PCR Test Price Results in Some Labs Ceasing Service
Capped PCR Test Price Results in Some Labs Ceasing Service

Although coronavirus PCR tests ordered by a GP, hospitals, or an epidemiological authority are still free, many have to request tests for themselves, for which people had to pay around HUF 30,000 up until Monday. From this week on, an official price for private coronavirus PCR tests were set at HUF 19,500 (EUR 54). As […]Continue reading

The government will continue to take resolute action against businesses that try to profiteer from the pandemic, Schanda said.

featured image illustration via Péter Komka/MTI