Austria has spent 2.6 billion euros on about 300 million tests in the past two pandemic years.
Nearly 300 million tests have been performed since the pandemic began, one-third PCR, two-thirds antigen. The figures include official testing from daily provincial notifications as well as testing in pharmacies, schools and businesses, and those in tourism. The Ministry of Finance recently put the cost of all tests at 2.6 billion euros. This amounts to a lump sum of just under EUR 8.66 per test. In detail, however, the picture is very different: While the gargle tests in Vienna cost between just over four and around seven euros per examination, in Burgenland, for example, individual tests cost 50 euros. For tests in pharmacies, the federal government refunds 25 euros.
From the Coronavirus Coordination Staff in Burgenland, it is said that the cost of testing is within the federal reimbursement framework. For pool testing, they say, this is 7 euros, with prices increasing in line with post-test evaluation in the case of a positive test. The cost is 50 euros for individual tests, which the federal government reimburses.
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