A Kuala Lumpur-based clinic is offering Covid-19 antigen rapid tests at just a fraction of the going price in a bid to provide affordable screening for everyone, including for foreign workers.
While such test kits cost between RM120 and RM180 at most private healthcare facilities, Laurent Bleu Medical Clinic, a subsidiary of UCSI Group, is offering them at only RM60.
The service is being offered daily at Level 1 Carpark, F10, CMC Central, Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught in Kuala Lumpur from 9am to 9pm.
Laurent Bleu CEO Natasha Ng said the lower rate is part of the centre’s corporate social responsibility initiative and in line with the government’s move to screen foreign workers in red zones.
“Ideally, our effort is to make this screening accessible to all and essentially flatten the curve,” she said in a statement.
As workers who contribute to the Social Security Organisation (Socso) are entitled to a subsidy of RM60, she said employers would be able to claim 100% of the cost for Socso-covered employees.
“We understand that the health ministry is doing all it can to address the Covid-19 outbreak, as the authorities focus on those who have had close contacts with confirmed cases or clusters.
“Employers trying to comply with the government’s mandate of compulsory screening for foreign workers starting Dec 1, or anyone who wants to get themselves screened would not be able to do so at government healthcare facilities because they do not meet the criteria.
“For them, they may come to us and pay just RM60 and claim from Socso after,” she said.
The entire process from registering and swabbing to obtaining the results will take approximately 30 minutes per person.
Those who are interested can WhatsApp +60 10-528 6368 or email [email protected]
Appointments are encouraged to prevent waiting times while onsite screenings are via appointment only.