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Hefty price to confirm chik-V

Published:Friday | September 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: So the nation is being led to believe that the chik-V epidemic is mostly overblown, as the officially confirmed cases by the Government are only a mere 31.

What the public may not be aware of, however, is that there is a hefty cost associated with actually confirming a case of chik-V. After experiencing the bewildering symptoms myself, I dragged myself to the doctor's, only to be told that she had seen at least three similar cases that same day.

She also went on to inform me that, to confirm if this was indeed chik-V, I would have to pay $9,000 upfront and wait a possible three weeks to a month (while sample was processed in Trinidad) to get confirmation. None of this, by the way, was covered by health insurance.

I was given the standard treatment for the illness and sent home to rest. If I chose to do the test, my case might have gone down as confirmed; and if I decided otherwise, it would basically have been swept under the carpet - as hundreds of other cases have been.

How many persons can afford $9,000 to do a test that takes almost a month to be done? And why isn't more being done by the health ministry to assist in paying for and fast-tracking tests? Clearly this would help the ministry to confirm where the cases are and how rampant they are within the population.


Kingston 6