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Many Filipinos have already resorted to getting tested for the coronavirus using their own resources, while the government is yet to implement a massive testing program.
Private hospitals and institutions now offer the real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), the gold standard in coronavirus testing. (FAST FACTS: What's the difference between PCR, rapid antibody tests?)
Rappler lists some of these hospitals and facilities in Metro Manila. Prices indicated are subject to change without prior notice, according to the hospitals.
Others facilities, such as St Martin de Porres Charity Hospital and Victor R Potenciano Medical Center, told Rappler that for now they are not accepting outpatients for testing.
We will update this story as soon as more information comes in.
Online booking - P7,500
Walk-in - P8,000
While walk-ins are allowed, patients are highly encouraged to book an appointment by creating an account on CSMC’s online portal.
Regular patient – P5,500
Senior citizens and persons with disabilities – P4,500
Express – P13,000
You can avail of the drive-thru testing by booking an appointment online. The hospital will send a text message a day before your appointment. Payment is made on the day itself.
Results are available in 3 to 5 days for regular patients, senior citizens, and PWDs. Patients who availed of the express PCR test can get their results within 24 to 48 hours.
PCR tests are strictly by appointment only. To book an appointment, contact the MMC’s COVID-19 hotline +632 8888 8999 local 7335.
Testing can be done with or without a referral from a doctor, MMC told Rappler in an email.
Book an appointment by calling Red Cross hotline 1158. Patients who want to avail of the test can also secure their slot through the RC143 mobile application.
Results are released within 24 to 48 hours, according to the Philippine Red Cross.
Out-patient department – P4,300
Drive-thru – P6,500
To book an appointment, call St Luke’s Product Information Center:
8-789-7700 local 1006, 1050, and 5104 for BGC
8-723-0101 local 4163, 5564, or 4815 for Quezon City
Patients may also send an email to email@example.com
In a Facebook post, St Luke's Medical Center said it will no longer accept walk-in asymptomatic patients who wish to avail of PCR tests.
“This is to ensure that we efficiently manage the flow of patients who need to undergo the test and maintain the safety of our healthcare workers in both hospitals,” it said in a Facebook post.
Patients are highly encouraged to reach out to The Medical City to check available schedules. Call (02) 8988-1000 or (02) 8988-7000 local 6267 to book an appointment.
A doctor's referral is required to get tested for the coronavirus, according to a hospital representative Rappler spoke with.
Regular – P7,090
Senior citizens and PWDs – P5,701
PCR tests are available Monday to Saturday, from 6 am to 2 pm. Patients are required to book an appointment by calling any of the following hotlines to schedule:
Results are released within 3 to 5 days.
Patients can also be tested at home, for an additional mobilization fee, provided that they live in the Greater Manila Area or Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna.
Tests are available from Sunday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Patients can book appointments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0917-629-6584.
Those who want to avail of home service testing can book by emailing email@example.com or by calling 0916-724-9792 / 0967-507-5194.
Home service testing is available from Sunday to Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Results are released within 3 to 5 business days.
Regular – P5,000
Home service – P7,000
Testing is strictly by appointment only. Doctor's referral is required to avail of a PCR test.
Those interested to avail of home testing can book an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 09176285669.
Results are available within 2 to 3 days.
Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.