In Germany, anyone can be tested for a corona infection free of charge. Yet. Soon some might have to pay for it.
Munich – It is a luxury that the federal government is spending billions on. Corona tests are offered free of charge throughout Germany – paid for with taxpayers’ money. But, as is well known, this should soon be over. At least for the part of the population who is not immunized against Covid-19 and who will probably only be asked in with negative proof of future restaurant, theater or club visits.
The question arises as to when money has to be on hand for a quick swab in the mouth or nose. In conversation with the world calls on Daniel Günther to offer the tests “for a fee as soon as possible”. Specifically, the Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein has a date in mind that, surprisingly, is shortly before the federal election: September 20.
Corona tests against payment: Günther wants to give everyone the opportunity to have a previous vaccination
“Until then, anyone who has not been vaccinated so far would still have the chance to be fully vaccinated,” explains Günther. What he means: With the known preparations against Covid-19 – apart from Johnson & Johnson – two vaccinations are due. These are carried out every few weeks. In addition, there is a certain time until the vaccine develops its effectiveness.
In order for the CDU politician’s calculation to work out and people to be able to prepare for the end of the free testing, Günther recommends: “The federal government should set a specific date for the changeover to chargeable corona tests in the coming week . “
Corona tests against payment: Günther wants more free offers for pregnant women or children
The father of the country from the far north would make a difference among non-vaccinated people. Free offers should be maintained for people who cannot be immunized for medical reasons or because of their age. Günther names pregnant women or children as examples.
In view of the price for everyone else without spades, it should probably be about at least one black zero. This means that 20 to 30 euros would be charged for a rapid antigen test. According to the Schleswig-Holstein state government, the costs for trained personnel are within this range, depending on the provider.
Will the planned new regulation also reduce the number of ghost tests, the brazen accounts of which have cost taxpayers considerable sums of money at some test stations? It would be a nice side benefit. (mg)
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