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The Cost Of Covid PCR Tests In Bali Reduced After Presidential Instruction

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 The cost of the Covid-19 PCR tests in Bali has been significantly reduced as recently instructed by the President.

The Head of the Bali Health Agency, Dr. Ketut Suarjaya confirmed that as a response to the instruction from President Jokowi through his official Youtube channel recently, Bali officials have decided to reduce the cost of their PCR test as one of the solutions to boost the economy during the pandemic. “I have proposed to the Health Minister to reduce the cost of PCR swab test to around USD 31 (IDR 450,000) or a maximum of USD 38 (550,000).” Jokowi said on Sunday (15/8).

The Denpasar city government has instructed the Covid-19 Handling Task Force to start rapid antigen testing of random people as Covid-19 cases began to surge recently.

 As a result, Dr. Suarjaya confirmed that the PCR test price in Bali was just reduced to USD 34 (IDR 495,000). “We have just updated the new PCR test price to USD 32.70 (IDR 475,000) plus a USD 1.30 (IDR 20,000) administration fee, so the total cost will be USD 34 (IDR 495,000) for Indonesian citizens.” Dr. Suarjaya said. Apart from the price, officials also ensured that people will receive the result of the test within 24 hours maximum.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

Prior to this implementation, many people criticized the government regarding the cost of the PCR tests in Indonesia which was considered high in comparison with several other countries in Asia such as India, where people are only required to pay around USD 6.60 (IDR 96,000) to get a PCR swab test. Resulting in the people urging the government to reduce the tax on their Covid-19 test price as a form of support to its people during this crisis.

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Wayan Bo

Saturday 21st of August 2021

Still far to expensive, seems to be much more than only very profitable business.

JR

Friday 20th of August 2021

Should be free for the poor. Some Indonesias make 100,000rp a day and some are not making any money. Have a heart, help those poor people to get tested so we can get through this crisis.

marg

Friday 20th of August 2021

No wonder there are so many cases of covid19 in Bali. Those beautiful people can't afford to pay that sort of money to have those tests done. Where are the funds going to come from, tourists aren't there to help them. It's now up to the government

Paul Morris

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

@marg, the Balinese government hasn’t helped their own people since the start of the pandemic 18 months ago why would they start helping them know by reducing the cost of testing, it’s been nothing but an absolute disgrace from day one they don’t care because it’s all about money.