Private hospitals and laboratories in Turkey raised ethical alarm bells after they began offering coronavirus testing as a paid service for patients against Health Minister Fahrettin Koca’s warnings, Turkish daily Hürriyet reported.
One private hospital that Hürriyet contacted quoted a price of 510 liras ($80) for a test, while a laboratory was charging $150.
But the practice of administering tests during a pandemic without informing the Health Ministry is unethical, warned Istanbul Family Doctors’ Association head Kutbettin Demir.
“Moreover, the tests can’t be trusted. The results are not being sent to the ministry, and this is leading to risks of a big epidemic,” he said.