Comptroller: INS Processed Molecular Tests Free at Private Clinics That Did Charge Patients | Peru

Updated on 06/03/2020 at 06:39

The Panorama program reported, based on an investigation by the Comptroller, that the National Institute of Health (INS), an entity attached to the Ministry of Health (Minsa), carried out free of charge the processing of 19,746 molecular tests of COVID-19 sent by private clinics that did charge their patients.

Through Twitter, the journalistic program detailed that the tests were carried out between March 6 and May 26. According to the report, the INS confirmed on May 15 that it does not charge for the diagnosis of COVID-19.

In addition, it noted that 19,746 molecular tests submitted from private clinics constitute 21.25% of the total samples analyzed by the entity of the Ministry of Health.

Panorama assured that The Comptroller requested information from 18 private clinics on how much they charged for the service, but 9 did not respond. while six of them sent their prices, which ranged from S / .422 to S / .576.

The establishments justified the cost for the transportation of the test, gloves, hat, doctor, among other services, but without specifying the test fee.


The Comprehensive Health Insurance (SIS) reported that it reached an agreement with the Association of Private Clinics in the amount that will be paid for the care of patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) derived from public hospitals.

Cecilia Ma Cárdenas, Deputy Head of the SIS, explained that the service will have a social rate of between S / 3,500 and S / 3,600 per bed per day of the intensive care unit (ICU).


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