MIL-OSI Translation: A certain number of rapid antigen tests should remain free of charge


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Source: Swiss Kanton Nidwalden News in German28. September 2021 In its statement on the adjustment of the reimbursement of Covid-19 tests, the canton of Nidwalden repeatedly advocates that a certain contingent of rapid antigen tests will continue to be free per person and month. This regulation is to apply until the end of the certificate requirement. Originally, the Federal Council had decided not to cover the costs of Covid-19 tests for asymptomatic people from October 1, 2021. Now he has extended this deadline to October 10th and at the same time proposed to finance the rapid antigen tests of people who have received a first vaccination but have to wait for the certificate because of the pending second vaccination until the end of November 2021. In this way, he accommodates people who need a little more time to make their vaccination decision. The same applies to individual saliva PCR pool tests that are not carried out as part of repetitive testing in schools or companies. In its response to the consultation that ends today, the canton of Nidwalden generally welcomes the Federal Council’s request to finance Covid-19 -Tests to extend. However, he is of the opinion that the assumption of the costs of rapid antigen tests should also be continued for unvaccinated persons until the end of the certificate requirement – at least to a certain extent. “We recognize the efforts of the federal government to encourage people to deal with a vaccination at the latest now and get vaccinated,” says Michèle Blöchliger play intensely inside. If unvaccinated persons have to bear the costs for the necessary tests themselves without exception in order to obtain a certificate, they are factually excluded and their rights of freedom are excessively restricted. This can further fuel the division of our society, which must be avoided, especially since the epidemiological situation has improved somewhat in recent weeks, ”says Michèle Blöchliger. As in previous hearings on this subject, the canton of Nidwalden is therefore calling for a middle ground to be taken. A certain number of rapid antigen tests per person per month should continue to be free of charge. The withdrawal could for example be regulated via the health insurance card. The number of free tests is to be allocated in such a way that the possibility is not understood as a free pass for private activities, but the attendance of educational institutions as well as participation in social life remains possible. “As a result, previously undecided people are less likely to feel that they are constantly under pressure when it comes to vaccination,” continues Michèle Blöchliger. From the point of view of the canton of Nidwalden, it is more of central importance to reduce the fear of a vaccination, which is still widespread in parts of the population, with persistent educational work Vaccinated or recovered persons from non-EU countries who want to enter Switzerland should be able to obtain a Swiss certificate, the canton of Nidwalden takes the view that the examination and processing of the applications should be carried out centrally by the federal government. However, the latter sees the cantons as being responsible. The canton of Nidwalden is opposed to the federal government’s maximum processing period of 5 days for applications received and forwarded by the registration office. «Of course, the maximum processing time should be as short as possible. However, it is not possible to give a guarantee. For this, human resources would first have to be available, ”says Michèle Blöchliger. It is unlikely that the order will be outsourced to third parties. The few pharmacies that could be considered are already challenged enough with other tasks related to Covid-19. The canton of Nidwalden sees a feasible path in regional cooperation in fulfilling this task. The canton of Nidwalden criticizes the extremely short hearing period, however, with insufficient time to discuss this within the central Swiss health departments.

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