Sunday 29 November, 2020

Deyalsingh: $200K COVID treatment could cost millions elsewhere

Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh (via TTParliament)

Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh (via TTParliament)

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh has confirmed newspaper reports that some drugs used to treat COVID-19 cost between $100,000 and $200,000 per patient. 

Initially revealing it in the Parliament last week, Deyalsingh said it’s important to add context to the situation as similar treatments in other parts of the world cost even more. 

“Just by way of comparison, one of my colleagues over the weekend WhatsApp’ed, and I confirmed that this is true, WhatsApp’ed me an article from a country, I wouldn’t call the country, but a coronavirus patient got a bill.... for USD$1.1 million for their coronavirus treatment,” he said. 

Deyalsingh says the treatment isn’t squandered, it’s just one of many resources the government is trying to manage responsibly in light of the pandemic. 

“It is my responsibility to manage resources; whether it be physical resources, HR, medical, financial, because this next phase, as we allow more and more people to come in, we don’t know how long it will last, we don’t know how many people we will have to treat,” he explained. 

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