Why Are PCR Tests More Expensive Then Antigen Tests?

What Makes PCR Tests More Expensive Than Antigen Tests

When it comes to COVID-19 testing, there are two main tests that are used today, rapid antigen tests and PCR tests. When comparing the two, why are PCR tests more expensive? First off, one of the main differences is that PCR tests are more accurate for detecting COVID-19. (To read more on why they are more accurate, click here). And due to the nature of how PCR tests work, the samples must be sent to a lab to be properly analyzed. This process can take a few days or it can be done in just a few hours. Although this causes PCR tests to be more accurate, it also causes tests to be more expensive because they require lab testing which takes time and additional man-hours. Another reason why PCR tests can be so expensive is their high demand. In low income areas where the virus affects people harder, there is limited availability for the tests because they do not have access to enough tests, or most tests are being used to monitor sick people. So at the end of the day there are multiple reasons why PCR tests are more expensive than their rapid antigen counterparts. They are more accurate and so they require more time and additional personnel to use, they are also in high demand causing its value to change.

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