Times News Service
Muscat: The cost of a Covid-19 test can range between OMR 15 and OMR 35 at private health establishments, the Ministry of Health announced.
The Directorate General of Private Health establishment at the MOH issued a table of costs for tests provided by private health establishments, including three types of tests: RT-PCR, POC-PCR and serological test.
According to the Ministry the duration of the test ranges from 45 to 120 minutes and the fastest report can be issued within two hours for a serological test.
Sharing more details, the Ministry said the RT-PCR test, at a cost of OMR35, uses a manual method to detect the current infection and the sample is taken using a nasal swab. The duration of the result is above 120 min and issuing of report takes a period of 2 to 3 days.
The POC-PCR test will cost OMR 50 and the test is automated with a nasal swab sample. It takes 45 minutes and the report is issued in one day.
The serological test, looks for previous infections by blood sample, and needs 60 min for the result and 2 hours to issue the report and OMR 15 is the total cost.