Governor doubles down on private clinics not charging for COVID tests

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero (PNC file photo)

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero is sticking to her guns when it comes to private clinics on island charging for COVID testing.

In an interview on Newstalk K57, the Governor said the federal government gave all states and territories test kits and machines, along with the funding to expense and pay for the cost of testing.

Leon Guerrero says she knows private clinics were upset by her previous statements, saying they should not be charging for any testing on Guam. But she says if clinics were to send specimens to Public Health, it wouldn’t cost them anything.

And if they send it through DLS, then they should only be charging through patients’ insurance companies.

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“I understand there are administrative costs to doing the test, there are administrative costs in obtaining the specimen but that cost should be…or is incurred by the government. And, that’s the basis of my statement,” the governor said.

She added: “If you deter access to testing…or, not deter, …but make it less accessible, then we’re losing those tests and we’re losing those people that could have been positive and are now not isolating.”

Leon Guerrero says she’s aware that healthcare operations and revenues have been impacted on Guam and that’s why her government established a grant through GEDA for island clinics.

She says the idea is to help them with costs so that healthcare delivery and accessibility are not impacted for residents.