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Makati Med, Chinese Gen offer Covid-19 test result in 1-2 days

22 July 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap

Makati Med offers the fastest result of between 1-2 days

A list currently circulating in the Philippines shows that among the top hospitals in Metro Manila, only Makati Medical Center and Chinese General Hospital meet the requirement for a quick test result for those intending to fly to Hong Kong from this Saturday, Jul 25.

Hong Kong’s new travel restrictions for people arriving from “high risk” countries such as the Philippines require a negative Covid-19 swab test result issued within 72 hours, or 3 days, before the passenger’s flight schedule.

The list shows MMC guarantees the test result to come out between 1-2 days, at a cost of Php8,150 per test.
Chinese General promises a result within 48 hours (2 days), for a lower cost of Php5,500. The swab test is done through a drive-thru, and the result will be sent through text messaging, or by email.

All the other hospitals offer to release the test result no earlier than 3 days, which will be of no use for Hong Kong-bound travelers keen to ensure they get to board their flight as scheduled; otherwise the cost would be too great.

Apart from the Philippines, Hong Kong’s new travel restrictions will apply to six other countries with effect from Jul 25: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal and South Africa.



From Jul 29, the same requirements will be imposed on new arrivals from the United States and Kazakhstan.

The arriving passengers from these countries will have to present the original test result, a certificate showing that the traveler tested negative, and another certificate showing the laboratory that did the test is accredited with the government of the country of origin.

In addition, they should show proof of a confirmed booking in a Hong Kong hotel for no less than 14 days for their mandatory quarantine.
The list being passed around was, however, not drawn up for those flying to Hong Kong, but for those who either want to have the swab test done because they have symptoms, or newly arrived Filipinos who want to get out of quarantine quickly.
 
Chinese General promises the test result in 48 hours (2 days)
A Filipina who flew to Manila from Hong Kong on Jul 12 was among those in the second category. Anxious to make sure she wouldn’t stay in a hotel for her quarantine longer than necessary, she arranged to have a second swab test done on her in her hotel.

The first one, according to her, was done by the Philippine Coast Guard at the airport for free, and a result was promised between 3-5 days. But as she didn’t want to risk being locked down in her hotel room for a long time, she opted to have another test with MMC.

According to her, only Discovery Primea in Makati allows MMC staff to come in and administer the swab test right in your hotel room, but at a hefty price tag of Php9,800 (about USD200), so she chose to check in there.
But MMC delivered as promised. The Filipina Hong Kong resident got her test result within the day, although she opted to stay in the hotel for another day. Her two-day stay cost Php20,000, inclusive of three meals.

“I still got to save because I didn’t have to stay in the hotel for an indefinite period,” said the Filipina.

As soon as she got her printed test result, she was able to check out of her hotel, and go home directly to her Makati residence, with no need for additional quarantine. That, to her, was the best part.

For those living in places outside of Metro Manila, the story might be different, as many local government officials strictly implement the 14-day quarantine, often requiring the returning resident to stay in poorly equipped isolation facilities.

Here is the list of hospitals with the cost of the test and expected release time:

ASIAN HOSPITAL (BGC)
Cost: Php 8,150
Maximum of 3 days
Tel No: 632 87719000

CARDINAL SANTOS MEDICAL CENTER (San Juan)
PHP 7,500 (Online Booking)
PHP 8,000 (Walk-In)
3-5 days
Tel No: 632 87270001

CHINESE GENERAL HOSPITAL (Manila)
Php5,500 (drive-thru)
48 hours
will text result/ send to email

MAKATI MEDICAL CENTER (Makati)
Php8,150
1-2 days
Tel No: 632 88888999

PHILIPPINE RED CROSS (Mandaluyong)
Php1,158 - Php4,000 
approx. 1 week

ST LUKE’S GLOBAL CITY
Php 6500 drive-thru, Php 4,300 Out-patient
2-3 days
Tel No: 632 87897700

ST LUKE’S QUEZON CITY
Php 4,300
2-3 days
Tel No: 632 87230101

ST MARTIN DE PORRES CHARITY HOSPITAL (San Juan)
Php 4,000
3 days
Tel No: 632  8723 0743

THE MEDICAL CITY PASIG
Php8,150
3 days
Tel No 632 89881000

VRP MEDICAL CENTER (Mandaluyong)
Php7,000 – Php10,000 through ER
3 working days

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