Emergency testCorona is one of those commercial testers that has already closed its doors. The people who would be forwarded ‘almost’ do not come, says board chairman Jeroen de Jong.
Not 12, but 48 hours
He cannot afford to wait with 10,000 euros a day in manpower. He also doesn’t feel treated fairly, he says. People would come if they could not get to the GGD within twelve hours, but that turned out to be 48 hours, according to De Jong.
Spoedtest.nl director Rasmus Emmelkamp also confirms this story. According to him, it was decided yesterday that the period will be reduced to 24 hours, but he still thinks that is too long. He loses money on it. The providers are paid per test taken. According to De Jong, this concerns 10.55 euros excluding VAT.
Emmelkamp was to open the first of five test locations today for help to the GGDs, but he is not going to do that now. “We have everything ready, but I hear from the other test providers that it makes no sense.”
Only help to GGD
He emphasizes that the commercial providers may only open the locations for help to the GGD. “We are not allowed to carry out our own commercial activities at such a location.”
The reason is that people who want a test with complaints are much more likely to actually have corona than people who want a negative test result for a trip, for example. The latter group can then become infected. “But I heard from another test provider who had eight people a day at such a location for help to the GGD. Then you can’t work out.”
“We have invested 50,000 euros for four locations,” says De Jong. It was a huge job with equipment, documentation and human resources. The company could eventually scale to 10,000 tests per day and add three more locations.
Emmelkamp feels cheated: “We want to help, we know how to do it. But it is not possible with so little certainty.”
The umbrella organization of GGDs does not want to comment on the story of the commercial providers about adjusting the waiting time from 12 to 48 hours.
A spokeswoman said: “We are in a start-up phase. There are still some problems to be solved. This is very annoying for the people who want a test and for the test providers who want to help us.”