Not everyone is allowed to be tested for Corona free of charge. A Corona test is currently free of charge…
– …if it is prescribed by a doctor who is licensed by a health insurance fund,
– …for travellers returning from risk areas,
– …for people who have had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19,
– …for people with symptoms of the common cold,
– …following a warning from the Corona warning app.
For the cases mentioned, the statutory health insurance covers the costs based on the applicable legal system. This is independent of the insurance status of the person to be tested, i.e. also for people without insurance cover. The Corona Test is considered a non-insurance benefit paid for by the federal government through tax revenue. If privately insured persons have a COVID-19 test done because of the above-mentioned cases, they can request a bill from the Corona testing station and submit it to their insurance company for reimbursement.
If local Corona outbreaks occur, the state government may order free Corona testing to quickly break chains of infection. All persons who do not belong to the categories mentioned above and who wish to have a voluntary Corona test must pay for the costs privately. For Corona antigen rapid tests, the costs at most Corona test centres are around 40 – 70 euros. For a PCR test, the costs can range from 120 to 170 euros, as there are additional costs such as the transport of the sample to the laboratory and the costs for the laboratory analysis. However, these costs can vary depending on the test centre and laboratory. On Corona-Station you can quickly and easily find the cheapest Corona test provider in your area.