Rapid Coronavirus Testing Begins – A Look at Croatian Prices and Procedures

Lauren Simmonds

November the 4th, 2020 – We recently wrote about the introduction of rapid coronavirus testing which has become available at three separate Zagreb locations. Now that things have officially ”kicked off” with this rapid coronavirus testing process, let’s take a look at the Croatian prices, regulations and procedures involved.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the assistant Director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Marija Bubas, PhD, was recently a guest of the show “Good Morning Croatia/Dobro Jutro Hrvatska” on HRT, during which she commented on how things were going with the new rapid coronavirus tests which are now available to the public. She explained that antigen testing is fast, but that the people who will be tested in this way will not see any difference in the process themselves. She added that they will be sampled as before by conducting a PCR test and the testee will receive their result by e-mail.

Bubas said that for testing at the Rockefellerova 2 location, ie in the Croatian Institute of Public Health, people must book in advance online. She stressed that doctors will decide based on the presented symptoms of the new coronavirus who will get to have a rapid test, and which people will get the classic PCR test. She added that all negative results from antigen testing will be repeated by taking a sample with the classic PCR test.

What about Croatian prices for this new rapid testing for SARS-CoV-2?

The assistant director of the CNIPH said that the price for a quick test is around one hundred kuna. “I don’t know the exact amount at the moment, but it will be found out during the day,” she said.

Testing with a quick antigen test will be possible in Rockefellerova, and in a few days at the Andrija Stampar Institute. In certain health systems and in certain circumstances, these tests aren’t new, as they’ve already been being used in the Sveti Duh Hospital and at the Clinic for Children’s Diseases in Klaiceva, as well as at the Dr. Fran Mihaljevic Clinic for Infectious Diseases.

Bubas said that all people who come for testing should adhere to the prescribed epidemiological measures and should answer questions responsibly and honestly. “If we adhere to the measures, in three to four weeks we will have lower numbers than we’ve had over recent days,” she concluded.

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