With the end of federal funding, Rite-Aid will still be providing COVID-19 testing but at a cost.

We've got a pandemic to deal with, the economy is in the worst shape it's ever been in, and now you'll have to come out of your pocket to get tested for COVID-19 at Rite-Aid. Now, this isn't Rite-aid's fault. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has dropped funding for the COVID-19 test which made it free for consumers.

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According to NBC25: 

Effective December 1, no-charge testing at Rite Aid’s existing testing sites will be replaced by testing for individuals 13 years of age and older for $115 per test. Simple self-swab testing will still be eligible to all individuals, regardless if they are experiencing virus symptoms, and patients are required to pre-register and schedule a time slot on the company’s website.

This is a terrible transition. It's hard enough for most families to even get a decent meal with the current pandemic and now you want people to pay for testing? I understand the importance of getting tested regularly, but $115 dollars is a bit excessive. With that being said I don't understand the costs that go into making each individual testing kit but, how did we run out of funding? I thought getting every American tested was the goal? I can tell you that putting a paywall up this early has me nervous about what's coming in the future.  If we have to pay over $100 dollars just to get tested, what's that price gonna look like when the COVID-19 vaccines come out and reach 100% effectiveness?

History will show us that the wealthy often do way better in desperate times. Why? Because they can afford to pay for health care when all the funding runs out...

 

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