MANILA (UPDATED) -- There are now over 100 laboratories accredited to run COVID-19 tests in the Philippines. While polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests can be covered by PhilHealth, many individuals opt to pay for testing on their own for various reasons.
Many laboratories are private institutions and prices for a PCR test vary from a few thousand pesos to more than P10,000.
Below are the details of some laboratories offering PCR testing, which unlike antibody rapid test kits, is able to accurately detect if a patient’s sample has the SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19.
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NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center
Philippine Red Cross
Turnaround time: 24 to 48 hours
How to book: Call 1155 or download RC143 app and connect to Viber chat
Safeguard DNA Diagnostics
How to book: (02)82967595
St. Luke’s Medical Center (Quezon City and Taguig)
Cost (outpatient service for asymptomatic individuals): P 4,777.78 (gross rate), P 4,300.00 (with 10% courtesy discount), P3,822.22 (for Senior/PWD with 20% discount)
How to book: (for Global City) 09985822276 or 87897700 local 1006, 1050 or 5104; (for Quezon City) 09479943550 or 87230101 local 4163, 5564 or 4815; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Medical City
Cost: P6,000 (as of Aug. 11)
Turnaround time: 48 to 72 hours
How to book: Inquire via Facebook Page or 09985822276 (Global City), 09479943550 (Quezon City)
OUTSIDE METRO MANILA
Cost (outpatient, by appointment): 4,500 (addt’l fee for symptomatic patients)
How to book: QualiMed Hospital - Sta. Rosa (Laguna)
QualiMed Hospital - San Jose Del Monte (Bulacan)
QualiMed Hospital - Iloilo
Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center (Tanauan, Batangas)
Turnaround time: 3-5 days
Safeguard DNA Diagnostics Inc.
How to book: 09167206170 (Pangasinan, Baguio, Nueva Ecija, La Union, Tarlac)
09167206170 (Region 1)