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

Updated: Aug 24

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.