COVID Testing in the New Normal: Why is it safer to use a private testing clinic?

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

The continuous upsurge of active COVID-19 cases in the Philippines is demonstrated by the number of people who have undergone COVID testing has now reached 6,773,628 as of the 31st of December 2020. As a result, hospitals and testing centers are always jam-packed with patients who are uncertain or informed about their health status and very often positive.


The following are reasons why so many people undergo COVID tests:

  • People who show active symptoms of the virus

  • People who were in close contact with a COVID-positive person

  • People who were in an area that is identified as a hotspot or a location with confirmed local transmission.

  • People who have been asked or referred to get secondary testing by their healthcare provider

  • Employees who require testing because of a positive case in their workplace

  • Employees who require a health certificate to work

  • People who need to travel domestically for leisure or work

  • People who want to travel internationally for leisure or work

  • Asymptomatic people who want to ensure they and their families are safe


On one hand, public health providers are defined as, “any healthcare institution that is fully funded by the government and operates solely off of money that is collected from taxpayers to fund healthcare initiatives.” These provide critical access to affordable healthcare for the tens of millions of Filipinos who are unable to afford private healthcare.


Privately-owned healthcare institutions, on the other hand, are funded and operated by a private individual or group, which is normally a corporation. Since they are independently-run, it gives management the flexibility to provide higher levels of service and privacy. They can implement initiatives that are of benefit to their customers without the worry of red tape and they can execute with speed free from bureaucratic processes.


Clinics typically provide non-emergency outpatient care. At International Sanitization and Protection Suppliers (ISPS), our clinic only provides COVID-19 testing which means we are solely specialized in this area and have developed a number of industry-leading protocols to ensure you are safe!


There are huge differences between private and public clinics from settings and service systems to pricing. The following pros and cons explain why you should give serious consideration to why it pays to invest a little more into essential services in the new normal.


Appointments


In public health institutions, COVID-19 patients always fall in the trap of waiting in line for hours before getting tested whether they have an appointment or not. This is a typical feature of public facilities that can only afford to provide low service and long waiting times which have now been exacerbated during the pandemic because of the crush of people seeking to obtain low cost COVID tests. This leads to a dangerous state of affairs for those who are healthy as spending extended amounts of time in enclosed areas will further be detailed.


At ISPS, we have an organized scheduling system that is flexible and convenient for our clients. We have dedicated customer service personnel who are reachable via call, online or at the clinic and are ready to answer questions from testing inquiries to purchasing PPE, or getting a quote for Environmental Disinfection for a business or home. Booking schedules are extremely relevant to minimize customer numbers and avoid contact with other people who may or may not be positive with the virus.


Walk-in appointments are also allow