English Forum Switzerland

English Forum Switzerland (https://www.englishforum.ch/forum.php)
-   Family matters/health (https://www.englishforum.ch/family-matters-health/)
-   -   PCR Test Costs (https://www.englishforum.ch/family-matters-health/302625-pcr-test-costs.html)

Spinal 09.02.2021 16:49

PCR Test Costs
 
So I've had a few PCR tests, and realised that the cost vary DRASTICALLY.

This is not to say the test if you have symptoms (those are free), but the test if you need to travel and need a travel certificate.

Would be good to compare notes... here's my tuppence :

- UZH Zurich: 180CHF (online advertised price), but never received an invoice... also neither did my insurance company apparently

- Hirslanden Zurich: 50chf (invoice)

- Medix (Zurich): 68.70chf (to my insurance company)

- Qured (London) : 104gbp (credit card payment up front)

Any others to add to the list?

fatmanfilms 09.02.2021 16:58

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Spinal (Post 3274136)
So I've had a few PCR tests, and realised that the cost vary DRASTICALLY.

This is not to say the test if you have symptoms (those are free), but the test if you need to travel and need a travel certificate.

Would be good to compare notes... here's my tuppence :

- UZH Zurich: 180CHF (online advertised price), but never received an invoice... also neither did my insurance company apparently

- Hirslanden Zurich: 50chf (invoice)

- Medix (Zurich): 68.70chf (to my insurance company)

- Qured (London) : 104gbp (credit card payment up front)

Any others to add to the list?

Mirialis labs France €62.79 credit card
https://biogroup.fr/mirialis/

IslanderInTheMountains 09.02.2021 18:18

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Gene Predictis (Lausanne) - Invoice of CHF120

liw 12.02.2021 13:57

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Triemli, Zurich. It costs me CHF 135 last year, not sure about now

jazh 12.02.2021 16:15

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
I had a PCR Test as the USZ test center. As far as I understand, because I was sick (had evtl. corona symptoms), the BAG pays for the test and I am not charged at all.

I was at the USZ at 8:00 in the morning without an appointment. I barely had to wait in line and I had my (thankfully negative) results via SMS at 13:30.

Note: USZ does not do testing / test certificates for travellers - several people were turned away and had to go either to the airport (CHF 195, according the website or to the Kaserneareal.

Spinal 12.02.2021 19:53

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jazh (Post 3275448)
Note: USZ does not do testing / test certificates for travellers - several people were turned away and had to go either to the airport (CHF 195, according the website or to the Kaserneareal.

That's not true - I have had two certificates for travel from USZ, and you can book it online...



In fact, on the front page, in English they state:
Testing

We are currently only offering COVID-19 testing to those without symptoms and for travel certificates. If you currently have symptoms and need a COVID-19 test, we kindly ask that you contact one of the other test centers in Zürich, e.g. Corona Testcenter Kasernenareal.


https://coronazentrum.uzh.ch/en/

jazh 12.02.2021 20:52

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Spinal (Post 3275545)
That's not true - I have had two certificates for travel from USZ, and you can book it online...

I think you are confusing two different test centers. I am writing about the University Hospital Zürich (USZ) - test center on Gloriastrasse 19, your link (https://coronazentrum.uzh.ch/en/) is for the University of Zürich (UZH) Test Center - Hirschengraben 84.

The USZ did do Corona travel certificates in the past. Apparently, they stopped doing them early January. On Thursday morning on Gloriastrasse I saw three people turned away and sent to other sites for Travel Certificates (interestingly, they were not sent to the UZH site that you linked - maybe because you need an appointment, but I really don't know why.

The USZ website in German states: Testungen für Reiseatteste führen wir keine durch. This tranlates into We do not perform testing for travel certificates. In English the website states: Important notice The USZ does not carry out screenings for persons without symptoms. If you don't have any symptoms, please contact the public hotlines for further information.

swisspea 13.02.2021 00:28

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Ideally the testing centres would separate high risk (symptoms) from low risk (travel certificates, no symptoms) at the testing centres...



So it makes perfect sense that they do have different clinics offering different services. Plus the added option of not-for-profit (public) and for-profit (private) testing.


Also, high risk/symptoms are paid for by the government. They will be set up for electronic recording with your health insurance number. Low risk need a cash system and billing to get they money directly.

ed209 19.02.2021 20:30

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Spinal (Post 3274136)
So I've had a few PCR tests, and realised that the cost vary DRASTICALLY.

- Hirslanden Zurich: 50chf (invoice)

On calling Hirslanden, they quoted CHF156 for a PCR test. Is this a typo or the price for a different test?

Landers 19.02.2021 20:41

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
For travel (no symptoms)
Basel airport 110CHF or 100eur

Labor Rothen Basel 143.80CHF

3Wishes 24.02.2021 13:27

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ed209 (Post 3277876)
On calling Hirslanden, they quoted CHF156 for a PCR test. Is this a typo or the price for a different test?

I was wondering the same thing. I called Hirslanden in Bern today, hoping to hear 50 Francs... and was quoted 160. :(

Spinal 24.02.2021 15:16

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ed209 (Post 3277876)
On calling Hirslanden, they quoted CHF156 for a PCR test. Is this a typo or the price for a different test?

That's the invoice I got... never asked for a price.

Unless I'm going to get a second invoice, that's all I paid :) I booked through onedoc if that makes a difference...

M.

ed209 27.02.2021 14:34

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Ok, fair enough. Sounds like you were lucky! :D

3Wishes 03.03.2021 09:27

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
I haven't used them but I called the Amavita Apotheke in the Bern train station for information. They quoted two prices:

The rapid test is 57.50 and can be used for travel, BUT it is only in German (official BAG form), so the Americans probably won't accept it. You get the results within 15 minutes.

The regular PCR test is 57.50 for the pharmacy and 106 from the lab for a total of 163 CHF. Because this test is sent out to a lab, you can request the travel certificate in English and the lab will provide it.

The person I spoke to raised an interesting point. Most labs (at least in Bern?) do not work on weekends, so if you need to travel on a Monday or Tuesday you might want to call around to see which places can guarantee getting your results on the weekend.

Belgianmum 03.03.2021 10:18

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 3Wishes (Post 3281528)
I haven't used them but I called the Amavita Apotheke in the Bern train station for information. They quoted two prices:

The rapid test is 57.50 and can be used for travel, BUT it is only in German (official BAG form), so the Americans probably won't accept it. You get the results within 15 minutes.

The regular PCR test is 57.50 for the pharmacy and 106 from the lab for a total of 163 CHF. Because this test is sent out to a lab, you can request the travel certificate in English and the lab will provide it.

The person I spoke to raised an interesting point. Most labs (at least in Bern?) do not work on weekends, so if you need to travel on a Monday or Tuesday you might want to call around to see which places can guarantee getting your results on the weekend.

A friend just got back from the US and had a rapid test done at Amavita here. It was all in French and was fine for travel to the US.
They checked it at check in and before boarding at the airport in Zurich but not on arrival in the US so I guess any Swiss national language is fine.

roegner 03.03.2021 10:22

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Also note that BAG changed the requirement for traveling to Switzerland from PCR test to a test, so assuming that a (cheaper) Anti.Gen test should be sufficient (it worked for me last Sunday :D)


EDIT: although it says test only, somewhere further on in the document it says PCR test........

Phil_MCR 03.03.2021 10:45

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
if tests are free with symptoms, can't you just go in for a test and cough a lot? :D

Spaceghost 03.03.2021 13:43

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 3Wishes (Post 3281528)
I haven't used them but I called the Amavita Apotheke in the Bern train station for information. They quoted two prices:

The rapid test is 57.50 and can be used for travel, BUT it is only in German (official BAG form), so the Americans probably won't accept it. You get the results within 15 minutes.


Weird because I've used Amativa twice in Oerlikon for antigen tests for UK access within the last two months (pre-PCR requirement for Switzerland) and got the result in English and when I asked the second time if I specifically needed to make sure it was in English she said 'They're all in English unless you ask for German specifically'.

My workmate has done 4 at Amativa at Zur Airport and his are all in English too - in fact his even said the manufacturer of the specific test on although my two tests didnt.

Both us paid 57.50 each time.

Spaceghost 03.03.2021 13:47

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by roegner (Post 3281540)
Also note that BAG changed the requirement for traveling to Switzerland from PCR test to a test, so assuming that a (cheaper) Anti.Gen test should be sufficient (it worked for me last Sunday :D)

That's not what it says here from the bag website where it specifically says PCR test is still needed:

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...tml#1558231594

Quote:

Type of test and requirements the result must meet

Basically the negative result must be from a PCR test conducted less than 72 hours previously.
If, for example, you are travelling too long or the result of the PCR test is not available quickly enough, a rapid immunological test conducted less than 24 hours previously is also permitted for the boarding check. However, you need the negative result of a PCR test carried out less than 72 hours previously at the latest for the second check that may possibly be carried out at the Swiss border. If you cannot show proof of a negative result at that point, you must have a test at your own expense immediately after entering Switzerland.

So if they decide to ask you for proof at the Swiss side, you're still going to have to have a PCR test and not an antigen test but you can board the plane to fly back here with a 24 hour or less antigen test. I'm not risking it.

roegner 03.03.2021 13:53

Re: PCR Test Costs
 
Yea, I just read the page again and you are right


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 03:37.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0