State spends over €1bn on PCR testing

It has cost the HSE over €1bn to provide free PCR tests for Covid to the public.

That’s according to new figures released under the Freedom of Information Act. The HSE has been providing free PCR tests for Covid-19 for over two years.

They’re currently confined to high-risk groups, like over-55s who haven’t had a booster vaccine.

Over 11,300,000 PCR tests have been carried out, within the public healthcare system.

This has cost over €1,000,000,072.
This includes referral and swabbing costs, reading the test results, and transporting the tests.

Over 6.,200,000 tests have been carried out in test centres – with over 370,000 in Citywest in Dublin, 310,000 in The Lee centre in Cork, and 281,000 at Galway Airport.


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