Where To Get Home-Service COVID-19 Tests In Metro Manila And Nearby Provinces
You can also opt for saliva testing now, which is a cheaper option!
During this difficult time, everyone is limiting visits to hospitals as the risk of being exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus is higher in these places. Thanks to the use of telemedicine and online consultations, we are able to reach out to our doctors without leaving the safety of our homes.
The same is true now for COVID-19 tests. Should you wish to get yourself and your family tested, there are over a hundred laboratories in the country that are licensed to perform COVID-19 swab tests. Looking to have the test done at home instead? Here’s a list of laboratories you can call.
- Healthway Medical
Healthway Medical’s “Healthway At Home” program ensures that quality healthcare is accessible and affordable at the patient’s convenience. It offers home service tests to those in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.
Due to the Department of Health’s regulatory announcements on rapid testing, Healthway Medical only offers swab testing, priced at Php 4,500. To book an appointment, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your name, birthday, age, complete address, mobile number, and email address.
For more information, visit the Healthway Medical Facebook page.
AIDE’s Antibody Rapid test starts at Php 550, the Antigen test costs Php 1,800, while the RT-PCR swab test starts at Php 5,500.
On their website, just go to the “Services” tab and click “Learn more” under COVID-19 testing. You will be directed to their price list page where you can choose the kind of test you would like to avail. AIDE also offers a variety of home care services aside from COVID-19 testing.
- Keralty Clinic
If you live in Metro Manila, Keralty is a convenient way to get tested. They offer home-service testing for Php 1,300 for Antibody Rapid test, Php 1,700 for Antigen test, and Php 4,500 for the RT-PCR test. There’s an additional Php 2,500 home service charge per household, and they only offer home tests within the metro. To avail their services, fill out their home service request form.
- OnCare Health Solutions
Aside from their telemedicine services, OnCare also offers on-site tests, inclusive of a medical certificate and personal protective equipment (PPE). Home service Antigen swab tests can be availed for Php 2,000, while RT-PCR tests are for Php 4,995 each. To avail their services, send them an email at email@example.com.
For more information, visit OnCare’s website or call 0927-496-4762.
- Zennya Health
The Zennya Health Mobile App lets you book world-class medical services, aside from spa sessions.
An Antibody test costs Php 1,500, an Antigen test costs Php 2,500, and the RT-PCR test can be availed for Php 3,800. You can book an appointment to get your samples at home, and the results will be available within 2 days, depending on the type of test.
PCR test, Antigen test, Antibody test: What’s the difference?
We have heard about different types of tests, but how would you know which one to avail? The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) provides guidelines to know the difference between each test.
- Antibody test
This test detects antibodies in your blood sample, which will indicate that you have had COVID-19. This option is cheaper and faster, but only 90-93% accurate, which is the lowest among the three tests.
- Antigen test
The Antigen test requires nasal swabbing. This test detects if you currently have an active coronavirus infection, and it can be done in 15 to 20 minutes. The Antigen test has a 93-95% accuracy rate and is relatively cheaper than the RT-PCR test.
- RT-PCR Test
This test requires a nasal swab to detect if you have an active coronavirus infection. This test is 95-97% accurate; however, you will need to wait a bit longer to get the results. This is usually the most expensive option of all the three.
The Department of Health (DOH) recently gave the go-signal for saliva-based coronavirus testing, and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) started conducting tests on January 25 this year.
The RT-PCR saliva testing requires the collection of saliva sample on site. According to PRC chairman, Senator Richard Gordon, drinking, eating, smoking, vaping, or gargling are prohibited 30 minutes before the test.
The RT_PCR saliva testing is 99.99% accurate, according to a test from the University of Illinois, while it had a 98.11% accuracy based on the PRC’s initial testing. This is also a cheaper option compared to the PCR test, as it is priced at Php 2,000 only.
However, the Philippine Red Cross saliva testing is not available for home service. To get tested, you must follow the PRC’s guidelines and get on-site testing at the PRC’s laboratory in Mandaluyong City or Port Area in Manila. Results will be available and sent via email within 4 hours.
For more information, visit the Philippine Red Cross website.