Posted on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 6:22 a.m.
Through didier swysen
So, free PCR tests to go on vacation or not? The question will stir up the preparatory meetings of the Consultative Committee on June 4 and will also animate the meeting on Friday. If it is clear that the assumption of the cost of these tests by the authorities will cost an “aircraft carrier” and that the budget line will be a parameter which will not be forgotten, we can expect a compromise which should allow free tests in limited quantities. Explanations for what looks like a famous puzzle.
There is one point on which everyone agrees: it is expensive, very expensive to pay for the PCR tests of those who want to cross our borders this summer and have not been vaccinated. We are talking about estimates evoking 100 million euros at least if we allowed a single free test, 500 million if we went to four.
However, lowering the price of tests (€ 47), or even making them free, is the will of our ministers. On Sunday, the Minister of the Interior, Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) recalled not wanting to “discriminate between those who had the chance to be vaccinated and those who did not have it. “.
On Friday, the Minister of Health, Frank Vandenborucke (Vooruit) declared on Flemish TV VTM, that he would like “that the Belgians can benefit from a free test or at a lower cost”.
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