A monkeypox test can cost up to R$450 and plans are not required to cover it;  See what is known

A monkeypox test can cost up to R$450 and plans are not required to cover it; See what is known

the number of special laboratories In the country in which they perform Monkeypox virus (monkeypox) test It is still limited, but the sector estimates it is already responsible for identifying more than 60% of positive cases in the country – which has already exceeded 2,400.

  • Anvisa is evaluating two applications to sign up for the monkeypox test

Unlike rapid tests for Covid-19, health plans number They are obligated, at the moment, to cover tests that can reach R$450.

According to the National Agency for Complementary Health (ANS), because the offer of tests in the private network is still “primary” and depends on test kits that need Anvisa approval, the tests are not currently included in the list of mandatory tests covered by health insurance operators.

“It is important to stress that the ANS is concerned with the health scenario involving monkeypox (monkeypox) and, in due course, will adopt measures in line with national health policies,” the agency said in a note.

In order to get an overview of the performance of the private sector, g 1 It contacted the main clinical analysis laboratories in the country and Abramed (the Brazilian Society of Diagnostic Medicine), an entity of about 30 networks of diagnostic medicine networks, and the Brazilian Chamber of Laboratory Diagnostics (CBDL), which represents importers and distributors of diagnostics.

“Each lab has its own speed, but I would say that only the largest, at the moment, is capable of performing an internal test. [desenvolvidos pelos próprios laboratórios]. So, something is limited to a few centers,” says Carlos Eduardo Gouveia, CEO of CBDL.

CBDL does not have an exact number of private centers, but as Alex Galoro, director of the Abramed Committee for Clinical Analysis, explained in a note, at least 8 laboratories associated with the association are performing testing to diagnose monkeypox in the country, which, according to the agency’s estimates, is more than 60 % of all tests performed in Brazil.

In a note, the Ministry of Health reported that, as of August 9, the country’s reference laboratories, affiliated with the Public Network, had conducted 6,986 diagnostic tests for monkeypox. The number includes tests that were performed exclusively on the public network.

Do I need to consult a doctor?

In the private network, Galoro also explains that the examinations do not require a prescription, but this guidance is important and depends on the patient’s condition. Gouvêa has defended this position as well.

“This is not a requirement, but it is recommended,” he says.

Also according to Abramid, the time to obtain test results varies according to the methodology and equipment used, but the execution of the tests takes about 6 to 12 hours. It takes 1-2 days for the results to be published.

On a note, Grupo Fleury (affiliated with Abramed), which operates in the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Parana, Bahia, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, Distrito Federal and Maranhão states, reports that it is making the test available to diagnose monkeypox through its brands in Sao states. Paulo, Parana, Rio Grande do Sul and more recently in Maranhão (through the local laboratory INLAB).

The tests sell for between R$330 and R$450, a value that fluctuates according to the brand of the local lab and region.

There is still no commercial record of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) tests for monkeypox. Therefore, those used were developed by the laboratories themselves – the so-called “in-house” development – and cannot be commercialized.

Until the 11th, Anvisa was evaluating six applications to register commercial tests for diagnosing smallpox in monkeys.

Carlos Eduardo Gouvêa, of the CBDL, believes this approval from Anvisa will be important, because the tests will be cheaper and, therefore, more accessible.

“The diagnostic market is very competitive. With scale and competitiveness, you can get better and better products at lower prices. Therefore, the trend is for this value, which is limited to some laboratories and heavy-duty technology, to be high. Little by little the price will go down.”

Test positivity in fluorescent

In July, the average positivity of the group’s actions was 58.33%. In the last week of the same month (7/24 to 07/30), this rate was 68%. Compared to the first week of July, this figure was 18%.

“This is very positive. No lab test [com positividade] Granato explains that above 50% is very high. “Our impression is that the disease is expanding, perhaps because people are still not 100% informed. [sobre os sintomas da doença]”.

The infection specialist also notes that the group is currently analyzing “about 15 to 20 samples per day”, but estimates that the positivity of these tests should not grow much in the coming weeks and that the increasing increase, in fact, is a reflection of the long incubation period of the virus (up to 3 weeks).

“Between an infected person and their realization that they are sick, we have a certain transition period of time. That’s why we’re seeing more positive people now,” the specialist wonders.

Sabine Group announced to g 1 This does not state the prices of the tests, but it receives an average of six samples per week and results are released within 3 days. The group is associated with Abramed and has units in the Federal District and in the states of Amazonas, Bahia, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Paraná, Roraima, São Paulo, Tocantins and Santa Catarina.

“Samples can be collected at any Sabine unit in Brazil and processed at our plant in Brasilia, which has the flexibility to meet demand,” said Graciela Martins, director of the company’s technical and operational center.

a g 1 It also contacted the Dasa Network, and the Hermes Pardini and Frischmann Aisengart groups, who had not responded until the latest update of this report.

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