Prime minister Jean Castex announced yesterday that PCR tests will no longer be free for everyone in France after October 15. The so called “comfort” Covid testing—for example, for travel purposes—is currently covered 100% by French Health Insurance with no upfront costs, except for foreigners.
Tests will continue to be reimbursed for medical reasons (covid symptoms, contact case) either without prescription for those that are vaccinated or with a prescription for the non-vaccinated. The tests will be free for minors.
Across Europe, prices for PCR tests vary from €40 to €190; in Italy you’ll pay €70 while in Germany, it can be anywhere between €80 to €150. In the U.K., testing is free for people who are symptomatic, otherwise those getting their nose swabbed are out of pocket between €50 to €350.
Denmark, like France, is the only other country to offer free PCR tests in all circumstances.
So how much can you expect to pay after October 15? Based on prices set on July 1, 2021, a PCR test carried out in a medical analysis laboratory could cost a patient about €43.20 (it is €27 for the test alone) depending on the turnaround time for getting the results.
In pharmacies, it will cost a around €25.01 (this includes a minimum €6.01 for an antigen test plus €9.40 for the act of the test). In addition to pharmacists, doctors, state-certified nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and dental surgeons will also be able to perform antigen tests in their office or at the patient’s home.
In Monaco, PCR tests performed without a medical prescription have not been reimbursed since August 15. The National Testing Center continues to test residents free of charge without a prescription but employees who wish to be tested at the Center must present one.
For the week ending Sunday, September 26, there were 4,711 tests carried out on residents and non-resident in Monaco. The positivity rate was 0.72% and the incidence are fallen again to 33.90 (compared to 36.51 last week). In France, the average rate is now 59 but in the Alpes-Maritimes it is 89.