The Malaysian government has gazetted the maximum cost of the Covid-19 test under the Emergency Ordinance 2021 on 17th May 2021 is specifically for private laboratories at the following prices; polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests at RM150, RTK-Antigen tests at RM60 and RTK-Antibody tests at RM50 in Peninsular Malaysia.
The ceiling price for RT-PCR tests in Sabah and Sarawak is RM200, RTK-Antigen tests (RM80) and RTK-Antibody tests (RM70).
The Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia would like to stress that this ceiling price is towards the cost of the lab charges and its is not inclusive of the fees to obtain the sample, cost of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the consultation fee with medical personnel. This was confirmed through a letter from the Deputy Director General of Health (Research & Technical Support) dated June 1 to all the private laboratories.
Private hospitals will display the final Covid-19 test charges, which will include the laboratory charges and other costs for the public to choose and decide and it will vary from each hospital based on its service and geographical location. However, it will be kept as low as possible to cover the total cost.
We hope this helps the public to understand that the gazetted price declared by the government is solely for the cost of the laboratory test, which will not include extra costs for service, delivery of samples, tracing results and the PPE of the hospital staff.
Currently, most of the 152 members of the Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia conduct various types of Covid-19 tests with very convenient methods which includes drive in test with simple booking application and walk-in testing at the Emergency Rooms without any hassle to wait or book appointments. Testing for Covid-19 in private hospitals has been ongoing since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.
DATUK DR KULJIT SINGH
Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia
18 June 2021