Covid-19: what are the conditions to benefit from a fully funded screening test?

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Have you been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19? Are you about to go on a trip? Are you going to visit a person at risk? So many good reasons to get tested! There are several solutions for this: perform a serological, PCR, rapid or even saliva test. The first two are the most common. But in which cases are they reimbursed?

Covid-19 screening: two possible options to be reimbursed

PCR tests consist of looking for the virus in secretions. To do this, cells are taken from the back of the nose using a swab. They make it possible to determine whether a person is infected with the virus at time T. Serological tests, for their part, are carried out through a simple blood sample. Their objective is to search for the antibodies produced by the body in response to Sars-Cov-2. Their presence means that the body has already infected with the coronavirus.

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For screening to be fully covered, there are only two options: having a prescription from your doctor or having been contacted by Health Insurance as part of the search for “contact persons”. These are individuals who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and who has been identified. But even with a medical prescription, other criteria come into play in the case of serological tests.

Covid-19: the specific case of serological tests

To be reimbursed at 100%, serological tests must be “in accordance with HAS specifications, CE marked and assessed by the National Reference Center (CNR) for respiratory infection viruses”, can we read on the website of the Ministry of Health. But that’s not all: they must also meet certain criteria. They must therefore be carried out for the following reasons:

  • to confirm coronavirus infection when a person has symptoms but a first PCR test is negative;
  • to confirm that a person has indeed been infected with the coronavirus when they no longer show symptoms and have never tested positive by PCR;
  • for healthcare professionals or people who “work in a medical or medico-social structure, taking into account the particular exposure to the virus which may have been theirs and the fact that they intervene in contact with fragile people”.

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